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Long before Sept. II and the 
rise of "homeland security," 
several VCU alumni were 
already in the business of 
protecting America's future. 

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CIRCA: Women's field hockey 

In 1975' ^'^ amendment to Title IX leveled the 
playing field for women. No longer could schools 
receiving federal money discriminate on the basis of 
gender. Today, women benefit from the advantages Title DC provides, par- 
ticipating in sports such as basketball, track and field, soccer, and tennis. 




lO Safeguards 

Alumni share how their work — from regional planning 
to IT security — supports efforts to protect Americans at 
home and abroad. 

lO > Reunions welcome alumni back to Richmond 

They say lifelong friends are made in college and that was 
evident in April as alumni returned to campus to reunite 
with their former, but not forgotten, classmates. 

18 -Holding court 

Athletic Director Norwood Teague and head coach 
Anthony Grant plan to keep the ball rolling for the men's 
basketball team. 


2 -Circa 

Women's field hockey: 2006. 

4 From the publisher 

Magazine redesign reflects the 
university's contemporary culture. 

5 ' University news 

Noteworthy news and research 

at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

8 Campaign for VCU 

Donors' gifts are making a visible 
impact on the Monroe Park Campus. 

22 The big picture 

The Scott House — from a different view. 

2/(. 'Face-to-face 

VCU President Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., 
talks about the university's growth. 

25 My college town 

Tropical Storm Gaston hasn't 
washed away Shockoe Bottom's spirit. 

26 ~ Snapshots 

Photos from alumni and chapter events. 

28 Class notes 

News about alumni, faculty, staff and friends. 

37 -^Then and now 

Fashion may change, but basic design 
principles are always in style. 

38 >Datebook 

Upcoming university and alumni events. 

39 Circa 

Women's field hockey: 1944- 

[from the publisher] 

Notice anything different? 

You may have noticed the new look for this issue of Shafer Court Connections. Look a little deeper 
and you'll see other changes, too. What may not be as apparent are the exciting reasons for them. 

Virginia Commonwealth University, under the leadership of President Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., has 
entered a new era, garnering national and international recognition that includes a grovring presence in 
15 countries around the world. For all of you who attended the spring reunions and saw the changes on 
campus, you know it's an exciting time to be affiliated with VCU. As your link to the university, we wanted 
Shafer Court Connections to reflect VCU's contemporary culture. 

In this and future issues of the magazine, you'U see familiar faces as well 
as fresh perspectives as we bring you news on alumni accomplishments 
and groundbreaking research , show you how curricula and your college 
town have changed and highlight the human side of higher education. 

On behalf of the alumni relations staff and the VCU Creative 
Services team who have been working hard on the magazine these past 
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Postmarks: comments and opinions from VCU alumni and friends 

Circle of service. 1 treasured the item on coach 
Ed AUen ("A great leader of young men," Spring 
2006). He was a special person and in many ways 
typical of the pioneers at RPI in his and my time. One 
remarkable thing I especially appreciated about him 
was his enlightened views on issues of race in those 
days of Virginia's segregation. He generously offered 
those few of us who opposed apartheid much needed 
comfort and support. 

I have one small correction. While we did have 
several Korean "police action" veterans on our various 
basketball teams coached by AUen, I was not one of 
them. Thanks to Milton Bailey and a couple of other 
veterans in my fourth year on the team (1956-57). 
with John Tobin and I as co- captains, we very much 
enjoyed RPI's first winning season. After that I did 
myself serve in the U.S. Navy where I was a hospital 
corpsman and the player/assistant coach for the Great 
Lakes Naval Training Center in Northern Illinois. My 
experience with EdAlIen served me well at Great Lakes, 
as we played tough military and college competition all 
over the Midwest, including some players who went on 
to the NBA and the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Ed Allen was indeed a good and rare individual 
and an essential influence on us in those RPI days. 

Ed Peeples (B.S. '57/E), Richmond. Va. 
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World player. I read the spring 2006 issue cover to 
cover and was amazed by the scope of VCU's 
effects around the world ('VCU without borders") . It 
also made me prouder than ever to be associated with 
VCU and added a great deal to my understanding of 
why American higher education is held in such high 
regard by people all over the world. 

Regis Chapman (Ph.D. 'oi/H&S). .Arlington. Va. 

'D..; — .._.... :.,. J never realized that we had 

so many international students at VCU ('We are the 
world," Spring 2006). I am continually amazed at 
the growth and development of this great university. 
When I was a student in the 1950s, I never dreamed of 
the direction it was to take in the next 50 years. This 
says a lot about the leadership and faciJty at the uni- 
versity. I am so proud to be an alumnus of Virginia 
Commonwealth University. 

In the late 1960s, the admissions office distributed 
a poster that showed an ivy wall. The caption read, 
"If you attend Virginia Commonwealth University, 
bring your own ivy!" I think over the years, we have 
built traditions that have given us a rich cidture. I am 
proud to be a part of it. 

Gene Hunt (B.S. '59/B: M.S. '61/B). Richmond. Va. 

Executive Director 
OF Alumni Relations 
Chip Rossi 


Kristen CaldweU (B.S. '94,/MC) 

Mary Ellen Mercer 

Trina Lambert 

Linda George 


Editorial: Amy Adams (B.A. ■98/H&.S), 
Jennifer Carmean (B.S. 'gS/H&S), Teri 
Dunnivant, Tom Gresham, Pam Hayter 
(B.S. '02/B), Julie Hulett (M.A. 'oo/H&S), 
Pamela Lepley, Melanie Irvin Solaimani 
(B.S. '96/MC), Leila Ugincius (B.S. '95/MC), 
AlexWoolridge (B.S. '06/MC) 

Design: Pamela Arnold (B.F.A. '87), 
Matthew PhUlips (M.F.A. '87/A), 
Nathan Hanger (B.S. 'oi/MC) 

Photography: VCU Libraries — Special 
Collections and Archives, Ash Daniel 
(B.F.A. '06), Allen Jones (B.F.A.'82; 
M.F.A. '92/A), Jennifer Watson 

Production: ]essica Foster, Kelly Roach 

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Univers it y news 

News, research and administrative 
changes at Virginia Commonweahh 
University. For the latest updates, 
visit the Web at www. news. 

Gates Foundation taps VCU alumnus 

Tadataka "Tachi" Yamada (Resident '74/M) 
began serving as executive director of the Bill 
8l Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health 
program in June. Yamada will lead the foun- 
dation's efforts to develop and deliver drugs, 
vaccines and other tools to fight developing- 
world diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis 
and malaria. He will oversee the foundation's 
global health grant portfolio, which includes 
more than $5,7 billion in active grants. 

Previously, Yamada was chairman of R&D at 
GlaxoSmithKline, where he oversaw more than 
lOO clinical projects, a budget exceeding $4 
billion and more than 15,000 employees. 

Team PocketDoc (from left): William Calder, 
Brandon Saunders, Joanne Cunningham and 
A. Brooks Hollar. 

Imagine Cup team finishes in top 12 

VCU's national champion software design 
team finished among the top 12 in Microsoft 
Corp.'s Imagine Cup, a computer and software 
design competition featuring the best student 
teams from around the world. 

Working as graduate students in the School 
of Engineering's Department of Computer 
Science, Team PocketDoc — William Calder, 
Joanne Cunningham (B.A. 04/H&S; B.S. 
'04/En; M.S. '06/En), A. Brooks Hollar and 
Brandon Saunders (B.A. '05/H&S) — devel- 
oped an application that runs on mobile devices, 
allowing doctors to see how their patients are 
adhering to their treatment guidelines. It also 
provides patients with notifications and regular 
alerts regarding medication and other matters. 

Professor receives honor for service 

Jennifer A. Johnson (M.S. '93/H&S), VCU 
sociology professor, received the Chairman of 
the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished 
Civilian Service Award, the highest -ranking 
civilian service award under the approval of the 
chairman. Johnson worked for three years at 
the Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren 
helping to develop a methodology for social 
network analysis and also creating a training 
program to teach the methods to others. 

Third VCU story hits the small screen 

VCU and ■WWBT NBC12 have teamed up 
to produce "It's VCU," a series of half-hour 
commercial-free programs showcasing many 
aspects of the university. VCU's relationship 
with the Richmond community and beyond 
is the focus of "It's VCU: Working Together, 
Changing Lives, " the third program in this 
four-part TV series. Clips from the episode, 
along with the previous two shows, can be seen 
online at 

Annual convocation honors faculty 

The university recognized four distinguished 
professors for outstanding accomplishments in 
the areas of teaching, scholarship, service and 
overall excellence at the Faculty Address and 
Convocation Sept. 19. This year's honorees are: 
• Distinguished Service Award: Michelle 
Whitehurst-Cook, M.D., associate pro- 
fessor. Department of Family Medicine, 
School of Medicine 

Administrative changes 

Paul W. Timmreck, VCU's senior vice 
president for finance and administration, 
retired in June. John M. Bennett, former 
Virginia secretary of finance, replaced 
Timmreck as VCU's chief financial officer. ... 
In May, Richard Sander, Ed.D., left his 20- 
year post as VCU's athletic director to head up 
the VCU SportsCenter, a graduate program in 
sports leadership. Norwood Teague, former 
associate athletic director for marketing at the 

• Distinguished Scholarship Award: Robert 
Hobbs, Ph.D., professor. Department of 
Art History, School of the Arts 

• Distinguished Teaching Award: Alpha 
A. "Berry" Fowler, M.D., division chair, 
Department of Internal Medicine, School 
of Medicine 

• University Award of Excellence: Richard A. 
Glennon, Ph.D., professor. Department of 
Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy 

VCU 2020 ensures student success 

Approved in February, VCU's strategic plan, 
VCU 2020 : Vision for Excellence, includes 
40 initiatives that address the university's 
missions of research and education, service 
and community outreach, and pre-eminence 
of the academic medical center. This fall, 
the university implemented three initiatives 
geared toward ensuring the success of first- 
year students. 

• Established the University College to offer 
transition programs, advising and support 
for freshmen and transfer students. 

• Created the VCU Compact, a yearlong two- 
course sequence, to supply students with 
oral and written communication, critical 
thinking, and problem-solving tools. 

• Elevated the honors program to college 
status, increasing the number of opportu- 
nities for academically talented students. 

To learn more about these and other university 
initiatives, visit 

University of North Carolina, now leads the 
Rams. ... Anthony Grant was named the new 
head coach for the men's basketball team in 
April. ... Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., has been 
appointed dean of the College of Humanities 
and Sciences. ... Russell D.Jamison, Ph.D., 
became School of Engineering dean in July, 
replacing retiring dean Robert J. Mattauch, 
Ph.D. ... Edward Bersoff. Ph.D., was re-elected 
to a third term as VCU rector. 

Fall 2006 I 5 

[university news] 

Mass Comm gains full accreditation 

VCU's School of Mass Communications 
was awarded full accreditation on a unanimous 
vote during the May meeting of the Accrediting 
Council on Education in Journalism and Mass 
Communications. VCU was one of 19 programs 
to seek accreditation from ACEJMC this year, 
but it was one of just four programs to be found 
in compliance with each of the organization's 
nine standards. ACEJMC currently accredits 
106 journalism and mass communications 
academic programs across the country. Accred- 
itation will give VCU improved access to grants 
and will enable students to apply to programs 
that are limited to accredited schools. 

AAFS accredits VCU forensic science 

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences 
awarded a five-year accreditation to the VCU 
Master of Science in Forensic Science program. 
The accreditation, awarded in March, recognizes 
and distinguishes high-quality forensic science 
programs at colleges and universities. 

"This accreditation affirms our standing as 
one of the most highly regarded forensic sci- 
ence programs in the country," says William B. 
Eggleston, Ph.D., chairman of the Department 
of Forensic Science. "And it complements our 
undergraduate degree program, which is the 
only undergraduate forensic science program 
in Virginia." 

U.S. connmittee taps VCU professor 

William H. Parrish, associate professor for 
homeland security and emergency preparedness 
since 2004., was appointed to the Academe and 
Policy Research Senior Advisory Committee, 
part of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisoi-y 
Council, in June. Tfie committee provides 
expert advice on technology, policy develop- 
ment and academic management. 

Partnership leads to Chinese courses 

This fall, VCU students had the opportunity 
to enroll in a yearlong, five-course Chinese 
language program. Professor Yongjiang from 
Fudan University, VCU's partner university 
in China, is teaching Chinese through VCU's 
School of World Studies. Students will have the 
opportunity to take the final course in summer 
2007 at Fudan University. 

Film earns praise for VCU professor 

A short documentary film by Sonali Gulati, 
assistant professor of filmmaking, has attracted 
attention for its perspective on globalization 
and the telemarketing work force in India. 
"Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night" has already 
appeared at a number of film festivals and was 
the director's choice award — third-place prize 
— in the Black Maria Film and Video Festival in 
February 2006. The film will be shown Dec. 6 
at 7 p.m. at the VCU Student Commons. 

VCU Medical Center team implants total artificial heart, first on East Coast 

In April, VCU Medical Center became the 
first hospital on the East Coast — and third 
in the country — to perform an artificial 
heart implant with the CardioWest tempo- 
rary Total Artificial Heart, TAH-t, the only 
total artificial heart approved by the Food 
and Drug Administration. 

The recipient suffered from end-stage 
heart failure. The TAH-t replaced his dam- 
aged heart while he waited for a donor 
heart, which became available in May. 

"The total artificial heart did a wonderful 
job supporting the patient's circulatory 
system and other organs while he awaited 
Kasirajan, M.D., cardiothoracic 
surgeon and transplant team 
leader. "During his 50 days 
with the total artificial heart, 
he was in physical therapy 
and exercising and was able 
to receive a transplant under 
more optimal circumstances 
than if he had been sick with 
heart failure." 

Emily Delayer! and Michael Ng's winning 
campaign for highlights the 
negative effects of vehicle pollution. 

Students earn spots in One Show 

Students from the School of Mass 
Communications were represented at one 
ofthe advertising industry's premier awards 
competitions in May. The VCU Adcenter, 
a master's program, boasted four teams 
among the One Show finalists in the 
college division, while an undergraduate 
team of VCU advertising students also 
grabbed a coveted finalist spot. The finalists 
were chosen from more than 940 entries 
from around the world. 

The undergraduate team — a finalist in 
the print category — consisted of art direc- 
tor Emily Delayen and copywriter Michael 
Ng. They devised an ad campaign around, a Web site that provides 
information on hybrid vehicle technology. 

"It was advertising that was joking about 
advertising, " says Bridget Camden, an 
associate professor of advertising at VCU. 
"I thought the students were really smart 
in their approach. " 

The three advertisements Delayen and 
Ng created used three other brands — 
Verizon, Calvin Klein and Citibank — to 
highlight the negative effects of vehicle 
pollution. The ads showed models on 
billboard ads reacting to clouds of exhaust. 

VCU's Web site features improved navigation. 

VCU launches redesigned Web site 

This fall VCU launched its redesigned Web 
site at — featuring improved 
navigation and a more informative, dynamic 
online experience. New areas of the site 
include "Show your spirit," "Richmond," 
"Things to do" and an interactive "VCU in 
pictures." VCU Technology Services and the 
Division of External Relations spearheaded the 
redesign initiative. 

Research report 

Physicists develop fuel alternative 

VCU researchers have developed a new 
storage system to hold large quantities of 
hydrogen fuel that could one day power cars in 
a more cost-effective and consumer-friendly 
way. In the Journal of the American Chemical 
Society, published online July 6, Purujena, 
Ph.D., a VCU physics professor, and his team 
describe the theoretical composition of a ma- 
terial — a lithium-coated buckyball — that 
could have the potential to serve as a storage 
vessel for hydrogen atoms. A buckyball is a 
soccer ball-shaped nanoparticle containing 
60 carbon atoms. 

The research, supported by a grant from 
the U.S. Department of Energy, is part of 
the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, which was set in 
motion by the government in 2OO3 to 
address the limited supply of fossU fuels and its 
risingdemand and costs.Jena is collaborating 
with scientists who will conduct experiments 
to prove that hydrogen can be stored in the 
lithium buckyballs and determine how to 
produce these materials in large quantities. 

NIH award benefits heart research 

A VCU researcher who has been studying 
how male impotence drugs can help protect 
or minimize muscle damage following a heart 
attack has received a MERIT award from 

Deans, staff and faculty celebrate School of Engineering's lO-year milestone 

Henry A. McGee Jr., Ph.D., founding 
dean of the VCU School of Engineering; 
Russell D. Jamison, Ph.D., current dean; 
and Robert J. Mattauch, Ph.D., 
who retired as dean earlier this 
year; celebrated the School of — . 
Engineering's 10th anniversary 
at an Aug. 24 reception. 

Mattauch, who joined the 
school as a founding faculty 
member in 1996, was named 
dean in 1999. During his ten- 
ure, he oversaw major growth 
in enrollments, accreditation of 
all five academic departments. 

approval of a new computer engineering 
program and increased capabilities and 
funding for sponsored research. 

the National Institutes of Health's National 
Heart, Lung and Blood Institute totaling 
nearly $4 million. 

Rakesh C. Kukreja, Ph.D., professor of 
internal medicine and the Eric Lipman 
professor in cardiology in the VCU School 
of Medicine, more than 15 years ago began 
exploring "preconditioning, ' a way to protect the 
heart muscle from future serious damage by 
subjecting it to brief periods of deprivation of 
blood flow and, therefore, oxygen. Kukreja's 
basic research into the mechanisms by 
which heart cells die from a lack of oxygen 
has identified some of the biochemical and 
molecular signaling pathways involved in 

VCU-PSU team creates superatoms 

A team of VCU and Penn State researchers 
that last year discovered a new form of chemis- 
try received an award from the Army Research 
Office totaling nearly $5 million to develop 
new materials known as superatoms. 

The research team had demonstrated that 
aluminum clusters can act as halogen or alka- 
line earth elements, e.xtending the periodic 
table to a third dimension and allowing for 
the creation of new families of nanoscale 
materials with extraordinary attributes. These 
"superatoms" can be used as building blocks 

to form new nanoscale materials that could 
lead to new applications in medicine, catalysis, 
sensors and other fields. 

Massey dedicates new research lab 

In May, the VCU Massey Cancer Center 
dedicated The Goodwin Research Laboratory, 
an 80,000-square-foot cancer research 
facility. Named in honor of William H. and 
Alice T. Goodwin, the laboratory provides 
space for up to 250 cancer researchers. The 
Goodwins provided major support to the 
Campaign for the Massey Cancer Center, which 
funded the $41,5 million building. The lab also 
features Becky's Garden, a 3,000"Square-foot 
rooftop oasis that provides a healing environ- 
ment for cancer patients and their families. 

More than 200 cancer researchers will work 
at The Goodwin Research Laboratory. 

[campaign for vcu] 


educate, inspire and transTorm 

From July 2005 to June 2006, the Campaign for VCU raised more 
than $67 million in its bid to reach a goal of $33^ million by June 
2007. In a short amount of time, the campaign has left its mark on 
Virginia Commonwealth University in many ways, such as providing 
funding for the Monroe Park Campus expansion. The II -acre site 
at the corner of Belvidere and West Main streets will include a new 
academic and residential center that will feature , among other things, 
new facilities linking the schools of Business and Engineering. The 
Campaign for the School of Business also has received a $1 million 
matching grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, making 
even smaller gifts from alumni and friends count twice as much. 
Giving has a tremendous impact inside VCU's buildings as well, 
enriching learning and research in many ways. 

For more information about the Campaign for VCU, visit 

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In June, VCU received a $1.5 million grant from the prestigious Howard Hughes Medi 

^ istitute. The university will use the grant to change the traditional emphasis ir 

;raduate life sciences education to a more integrated, "systems biology" appr__. 

ifhich all interactions in a system, from the molecular to environmental, are examir 

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■ career-long dream of retired history 
professor William E. Blake Jr, Ph.D., came true 
this spring when an anonymous benefactor 
! completed the $1 million endowment for the 

''"""' ''■ iWilliam E. and Miriam S. Blake Chair 

the History of Christianity VCU 
eady has a successful Judaic 
udies program, a Khalifa Chair in 
lamic Art (endowed by the 
latar Foundation) and faculty 
'jcperts in African-American reli- 
fous expressions and Buddhism. 

and Washington, D.C., VCU Dance is moving forward with an 
ressive lineup for the year ahead. The 2006-07 season brings new work by faculty, 
lents and guest artists as well as a performance and teaching residency with 
Ian Bush Women. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 
Indation supports, in part, the guest artist program for 2005-07. 

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The recent donation of the archives of the Will Eisner Comic 
Industry Awards has boosted the already impressive comic 
arts collection at VCU Libraries. With gifts from creative 
writing professor Tom De Haven; Thomas Inge, Ph.D.; 
red professor William E. Blake Jr., Ph.D.; and others, the 
ary now is home to more than 100,000 comic arts items, 
ginal drawings, fanzines, graphic novels, memorabilia 
I about 30,000 comic books make it one of the largest 
fictions in the country. 

Fall 2006 i 9 

ongbefore Sept. II and the rise of "homeland security," 
reral Virginia Commonwealth University alumni were 
already in the business of protecting America's future. 

though the World Trade Center bombings sparked 
1 paradigm shift in Americans' assumptions of their 

fty, those working behind the scenes say assuring 
afe and secure environment through emergency 
eparedness and responsive measures has long been 
top priority. Here's a look at a few of those working 
eep America safe — at home and abroad — and 
V their successes benefit the entire country. 






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Fall 2006 11 


In the nearly three years he served as 
director of the Department of ffomeland 
Security's US-VISFT program. Jim Williams 
(B.S. '79/B) was indirectly responsible for 
intercepting more than I.OOO criminals try- 
ing to cross America's borders. 

Using biometric identifiers — inkless 
finger scans and digital photographs — to 
check foreign visitors against government 
watch lists, the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant 
Status Indicator Technology program has 
made it increasingly difficult for "the bad 
guys. " as Williams calls them, to enter the 
U.S. To date, he says, the system has pro- 
cessed more than 48 million visitors and 
allowed border officials to stop I,200 
wanted murderers, rapists, drug traffickers, 
pedophiles and immigration violators from 
coming into the country. 

At the heart of the US-VISIT program is 
a computer network that connects govern- 
ment databases at visa- issuing posts around 
the world, at II5 domestic airports and 14 
seaports with international arrivals, and at 
154 points of entry along the U.S. -Canada 
and U.S. -Mexico land borders. 

"In the beginning, there was a lot of 
resistance to [the program] from people 
who thought we were building 'Fortress 

America, " says Williams. Establishing "an 
immigration and border system ensures 
better security and, at the same time, helps 
expedite the processing of the vast majority 
of legitimate travelers into the U.S.. while 
also protecting their privacy. " 

In his view, US-VISIT "changed the 
world , " and other countries are following suit . 
Canada is field-testing two biometric tech- 
nologies, fingerprint and facial recognition, 
and Japan is building a program modeled 
after US-VISIT. Williams says being able to 
tap into these and other countries' border 
management systems will make America a safer 
place — for citizens and legitimate visitors. "If 
Singapore has a murderer's fingerprints. I 
want them because I don't want that person 
coming into the U.S., " he says. 

The benefits of pooling resources are 
already clear. Working with Interpol, US- 
VISIT netted a man living in Canada who was 
wanted for murder in Germany. ""This 
guy was crossing routinely 

After successfully leading the US-VISIT 
program from its inception, Williams left 
his post with DHS this past summer to serve 
as commissioner of the Federal Acquisition 
Service, a $48 biUion organization responsible 
for purchasing a majority of the govern- 
ment's information technology needs, office 
supplies and travel services. With almost 27 
years in public service, most in procurement 
and program management, WOliams says "it 
seemed like ajob made for me. " 

Before his departure, US-VISIT launched 
its second phase, testing the use of radio 
frequency identification technology to 
improve land-border security and travel. 

With the innovative use of technology, 
we can protect our citizens and visitors from 
threats to our security and allow valuable 
trade and travel into the U.S. to continue 
and thrive, " says Williams. 

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from Canada to the U.S.," 
WiUiams says. Another high 
profile capture involved a 
Bulgarian citizen Interpol had 
been chasing for 10 years on 
embezzlement charges. 

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»0,000 health care workers against 
jallpox, Virginia Commonwealth 
niversity was leading the opposi- 
tion, and at the forefront was Richard 
^nzel, M.D., M.Sc. 
As one of the few practicing 
kysicians in the world with firsthand 
[lowledge of the extinct disease, he 
lew that the risks — dangerous side 
inadvertent contamination of patients by 

■ outweighed any benefit. 

"I knew even if people were exposed, I had several days to 
immunize them," says Wenzel, professor and chairman of internal 
medicine at VCU. His position: "Show me a case anywhere in the 
world and I'll start immunizing." 

lave made' 

the field. Some of his unique accounts, including lessons learned in 
Bangladesh while studying cholera, are related in "Stalking Microbes: 
A Relentless Pursuit of Infection Control" (AuthorHouse, 2005). 
The 152-page book examines the interaction of people and microbes 
through eight personal essays that, as one reviewer described it, 
illustrate "the creativity and curiosity doctors need as success- 
ful warriors against illness." Wenzel says the book's two-pronged 
approach to infectious diseases — from the patient's and the 
microbe's perspective — is meant to inspire professionalism, curiosity 
and a sense of independence to budding and practicing physicians. 

Recently elected president of the International Society for 
Infectious Diseases, Wenzel also serves as lead editor of the 
society's "A Guide for Infection Control in the Hospital." Pub- 
lished in six languages, the guide has been distributed to 30,000 
health care workers in third-world countries. - Kristen Caldwell 


Getting people to think about emergency 
preparedness is a job too big even for the 
government. It takes a certain amount of 
collaboration between the private and pub- 
lic sectors, says Lt. Col. Rudolph Burwell 
(B.S. '86/MC), deputy director of strategic 
communications for the Army Reserve. 

He should know. For the past year. 
Burwell has studied at Harvard University's 
John F. Kennedy School of Government 
as one of 23 armed services and intelligence 
agency personnel chosen for the 2006 
National Security Fellowship program. Burwell 

and his research partner, Lt. Col. Curtis Boyd, 
spent their time studying the effectiveness 
of regional emergency management plans, 
specifically those for Massachusetts and the 
National Capital Region (Northern Virginia, 
Washington. D.C.. and Southern Maiyland), 
and how each communicates information 
to the public, for example, what supplies to 
stockpile in the event of a power disruption. 

What gives NCR an advantage is the 
regional collaboration and "sophisticated 
mechanisms for informing or preparing" 
residents, Burwell says. Massachusetts, on 
the other hand, lacks the technological 
tools, but by partnering with private 
industry "scores high marks," he notes. In 
July, Massachusetts, in partnership with the 
United Way, became the 36th state to intro- 
duce 211 as a statewide disaster-emergency 
phone number. The community-based 

information and referral system, which 
includes an online database of resources, 
received nearly $1 million in funding from 
the Massachusetts United Way. 

"You really have to have that cooperation 
with the private sector," Burwell explains. 

The group concluded that combining 
private-sector partnerships with a tailored 
media program is more effective at improving 
individual and organizational preparedness 
levels than either effort alone. 

Back in uniform and at the Pentagon, 
Burwell says his new, broader perspective 
of preparedness will allow him to think out 
of the mihtary box. "As part of my job, I'U be 
looking at government relations, community 
outreach, marketing and recruiting, so 
having this understanding of emergency 
preparedness will be helpful as 1 look at the 
more strategic side of communications. ' 


On Sept. 24, 2005, tens of thousands of 
people were on the National Mall when air 
sensors detected traces of the tularemia patho- 
gen, one of six microbial agents considered 
most likely to be used as a biological weapon. 

"Our response was [to] prepare everyone in 
Virginia," says Dee Pettit, Ph.D., (B.S. '84/ 
H&.S; Ph.D. '94/M) lead scientist for bioter- 
rorism preparedness and response at Virginia's 
Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. 
The state agency quickly contacted its sentinel 
lab partners throughout the commonwealth to 
educate scientists at those locations on how to 
identify Francisella tularensis, the bacterium 
that causes tidaremia, and what symptoms to 
look for in an infected person. 

No cases of tularemia — typically trans- 
mitted through tick bites or by handling 
infected animals — were reported, and 
according to The Washington Post. Department 
of Homeland Security officials said the 
pathogen was a natural occurrence. 

The tularemia scare is just one example 
of the types of emergencies, natural or man- 
-made disasters, that Pettit and her colleagues 

at DCLS are asked to respond to each year. 
Located in the Virginia BioTechnology 
Research Park, just blocks from VCU's MCV 
Campus, DCLS is a hub for testing infor- 
mation — providing scientists with the whole 
puzzle, not just one piece. Laboratory staff 
conduct more than 3 million scientific tests 
annually on everything from fertilizers, air, 
water, gasoline and lottery tickets to blood 
samples from all infants born in Virginia as 
part of the state's newborn screening pro- 
gram. "What's unique about our structure is 
we have the big picture, " Pettit says. 

DCLS contains Biosafety Level 3 lab space 
for studying deadly diseases such as SARS, 
West Nile virus and tuberculosis and, within 
a year, will be one of five U.S. facilities to 
have a BSL 4 laboratory that cotild be used to 
handle the most dangerous pathogens, such 
as avian influenza or smallpo.x. 

Pettit says the move to build more BSL 3 
labs and invest in state-level bioterrorism 
preparedness accelerated after the 200I 
World Trade Center attacks and the mailing of 
anthrax-laden letters (DCLS analyzed I,000 

samples, including 
three that tested 

"After 2001, we 
saw resources open 
up like never before 
because people actu- 
ally saw the threat 
was there, " she 
says. In 1999, Pettit 
secured DCLS' first 
grant, $139,000, 

tor enhancing the state's bioterrorism re- 
sponse. Today, she says, the lab receives more 
than $3 million in federal funds. "Sept. II 
demonstrated a need for the public health 
system to assess and respond to threats and 
emerging infectious disease." 

Even if Virginia doesn't experience 
another terrorist attack, Pettit says those 
funds aren't wasted. "We have emergencies 
every day that we need to respond to in order 
to limit disease and death, " she notes. "We're 
prepared not only for terrorism but for the 
other things that happen on a daily basis." 

Fall 2006 1 13 


In early August, an outbreak of the avian 
flu threatened to shut down Central Virginia. 
Inside the Greater Richmond Convention 
Center, emergency responders gathered to 
assess and manage the situation, while a mile 
away at VCU Medical Center, the region's 
first hub for health care coordination — a 
switchboard networking 1 7 hospitals — was 
put to the test. In reality, it was all a drill 
— an exercise orchestrated by the Richmond 
Regional Metropolitan Medical Response 
System to evaluate how hospitals and state 
and local agencies would work together 
during a medical crisis. 

Emergency response is "as much about 
organization as it is about equipment," 
says William Nelson Jr., M.D., M.P.H., 
(M.D. '76; Resident '80/M) director of 
the state health department's Chesterfield 
District and chair of the Richmond MMRS 
Steering Committee. In a disaster, "y°'i '"^ 
on your own for the first three days and 
sometimes longer. " When federal agen- 
cies arrive, they need to work with local and 
state emergency managers to coordinate 
operations, so localities need to efficiently 
organize personnel and resources. 

Funded by the Department of Homeland 
Security, the MMRS grant program supports 
124 jurisdictions, including Richmond, to 
develop integrated, systematic prepared- 
ness programs among health departments 
and health care systems. Since 2002 Nelson 
has worked with the Richmond MMRS to 
coordinate resources and medical system 
response plans for the city and the counties 
of Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover. 

Nelson can attest to the benefits of 
having a collaborative medical response 
system in place. This past May, he was one 
of several U.S. physicians who traveled to 
Israel to take part in disaster management 
training. Nelson participated in "full-scale 
medical treatment simulations " and put 
his new skills to the test, working alongside 
local doctors. 

The sobering experience was all the 
proof Nelson needed to know that there's 
more work to be done back home. 

"They [Israel] are very well prepared, ' 
says Nelson, an affiliate faculty member of 
the VCU School of Medicine's Department 
of Epidemiology and Community Health. 
"They re more practiced, more purposeful, 

and they have to be because they use their 
emergency response skills more often." 

Although Nelson says the U.S. has more 
natural disasters than Israel, he notes that 
America's response teams are less equipped 
to deal with man-made events. 'We have 
most of the things in place that they have, 
but we're not as good at using what's 
in place, " he says. "We're set up for car 
accidents, shootings or stabbings, where 
one or several people are involved and the 
injuries are similar. Bombs come in larger 
clusters with a differing array of injuries." 
That's one scenario, he says, where 
hospitals, poUce, and fire and EMS agencies 
need to work together to improve the over- 
all medical response. 

"Doing our job is important, but doing 
our job so it works effectively with eveiybody 
else is just as important," Nelson says. 


has witnessed — and been part of — the evo- 
lution of information technology since the 
mid-1980s. In 1996, he joined Information 
Systems Support 
Inc. , a private gov- 
ernment contractor 
with $850,000 in 
sales and seven 
employees. Ten 
years later, with 
Whittleton at the 
helm as president 
and CEO, ISS 
was grossing more 
than $2 00 million 
in revenues and 
supporting I,IOO 



- ^w„ 

employees worldwide. 

Much of that growth centered 
on information and infrastruc- 
ture security and protection for 
the Department of Defense. 
According to Whittleton, 
the 2001 terrorist attacks 
on the U.S. renewed the 
government's commitment 
to enhanced security and protec- 
tion. "It's always been a matter of security 
for our customers, but Sept. II heightened 
the awareness of the criticality of data and 
the protection of data, " he says. 

As the demand for IT security grew, 
so did the company's expertise, making it 
an attractive acquisition target. In March 
2006, CACI International Inc., a $1.7 bil- 


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10 ny^ 
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lion international information technology 
company, acquired ISS and integrated it 
into its U.S. operations as its sixth busi- 
ness unit, the Technology Solutions and 
Integration Group. Whittleton now heads 

14 ' VCU Shafer Court Connections 


Bryan Downer, James Yassine and Amanda Turner are unique. In 
May, each was awarded a diploma for completing the first bachelor s 
degree program in homeland security and emergency prepared- 
ness at a major U.S. research university. 

Virginia Commonwealth University received state approval for 
the Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2005. The first courses were 
offered the following fall, and Church, who was studying politi- 
cal science as a first step in pursuing a career in law, changed his 

"The opportunity was there to help the community in a different 
way," says Church, who also earned a degree in political science. 
"Especially after 9/ll and Katrina, there's a real emphasis on disaster 
preparedness and response. Sept. n had an impact on everyone 
and really showed a need for strong planning." 

Church is confident his degree, which he'll put to work in the 
emergency management field, will be noticed by employers. "It 
stands out on an application," he says. "No one has ever seen this 
before, and I think it will open doors." 

William W. Newmann, Ph.D., associate professor and coordi- 
nator of the political science and homeland security/emergency 
preparedness programs for the L. Douglas Wilder School of 
Government and Public Affairs, is confident the first four graduates 
will succeed. 

"They have a degree that no one else does. They are pioneers. 
That makes them nervous, but it also gets them noticed," he says. 

Already, the word about the homeland security and emergency 
Breparedness degree is getting out. 


practically dq 
back flips when tl 
learned we wj 
starting this," ^ 
Newmann. "1 
Virginia Departnr^ 
of Emergency N 
agement is i 
very interested i 
excited." ■ 

William Parrish, . 
associate professor 
and a former senior 
official with the 
U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security, 
isn't surprised by 
the degree's success and says government agencies and private firms 
will welcome the new graduates. According to the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, in August, Downer was starting a career as a border patrol 
agent and Yassine had been hired by Booz Allen Hamilton to advise local 
governments about security risks. 

"This is a call to service," says Parrish. "These students are 
looking for a way, in some capacity, to serve the country." 

For more information on VCU's degree in homeland security 
and emergency preparedness, visit 

— Mike Porter, University News Ser\ 

VCU graduates James Yassine (B.A. '06/H&S) 
(left), Avery Church (B.A. '06/H&S) and Bryan 
Downer (B.A. '06/H&S) are among the first to 
complete the only bachelor's degree program in 
homeland security and emergency preparedness 
at a major U.S. research university. 

the group as executive vice president. 

The Arhngton, Va. , company dehvers IT 
services and implements IT infrastruc- 
tures for federal defense, intelligence 
and homeland security agencies world- 
wide. "The missions that we support are 
really high in priority in terms of the 
national interest and national security," 
says Whittleton. 

CACI s solutions bring needed support 
to critical government missions, including 
operations that serve war fighters on the 
ground and remotely located command- 
and-control centers. As an example, the 
company supports the U.S. Air Force 
in providing health care during contin- 

gency operations, assisting in the design, 
construction and transport of medical 
War Reserve Material assemblages that 
arrive when and wherever needed. This 
effort has placed portable hospitals in 
both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in 
Gulf Coast areas to support Hurricane 
Katrina relief. 

IT security isn't just about combating 
terrorism, Whittleton notes. "It encom- 
passes support for diplomacy, war fighters, 
humanitarian efforts and the protection of 
our homeland." 

Similarly, developing solutions for 
national security is just part of 
Whittleton's job. He also surveys the global 

geopolitical landscape to continually 
assess where future needs will arise. 
CACI continues to expand its presence 
in the Asia-Pacific region in anticipa- 
tion of force transformation to address 
China's growing economic clout, radical 
influences in southwest Asia and North 
Korea's missile-testing program. 

Tm optimistic about humanity, but 
... as human beings we have a long way 
to go to achieve the satisfaction of living 
in peace and harmony, " he says. "Until 
that day comes, we'll need to remain 

Kristen Caldwell (B.S. 'g^/MC) is managing 
editor of Shafer Court Connections. 

Fall 2006 ! 15 


They say lifelong friends are made in college and that was evident in 
April when alumni returned to Virginia Commonwealth University 
to reunite with their former, but not forgotten, classmates. 

RPI alumni reconnect with old friends — and a new VCL Many of the 230 guests 
and alumni of Richmond Professional Institute were eager to share memories and 
relive their college years at an April 28 kickoff reception. However, finding lost classmates 
proved to be difficult for some, says Diane Stout-Brown, executive director of the VCU 
Alumni Association. Rather than miss the chance to catch up, many attendees had names 
of old friends called over the microphone. Luckily, most requests were answered with joyful 
encounters that turned into weekend-long catch-up conversations. 

Bill Meacham (B.F.A. 53) ^3* S^^'^ f°'" ''^^ chance to return to Richmond. As a college 
student coming from a small town in North Carolina, Meacham says RPI's city location was 
"like a New York artists' colony. " 

It was great "meeting like-minded people and being part of a grand adventure," he says. 

There was no shortage of fun in those days, adds Billie Sharp Willis (B.F.A. '54> M.Ed. '8l). 
For a Mardi Gras celebration during her freshman year, Willis and classmate Richard Carlyon 
(B.F.A. '53; M.F.A. '63/A) dressed as "creatures of the sea." 

"We wore lobsters on our heads, live — at first, " she says. 

Throughout the weekend, returning alumni were treated to tours highlighting changes, 
both on campus and in the city. Thomas Monahan (B.S. '56/MC), co-chairman of the RPI 
Reunion Planning Committee, says he is impressed by how VCU's vision and strategies have 
helped it grow into a "strong, major university. " 

For some, reconnecting wdth their alma mater was as important as reconnecting with 
former classmates. "Those of us who once felt forgotten no longer do," wrote Bill's older 
brother Bob Meacham (B.F.A. '52) in a thank-you note to organizers. "The memories of 
this last reunion will burn brightly for many years to come." 

AAAC reunion tackles tough issues. Nearly 300 alumni and their families drove from as 
far away as New Jersey and Georgia to celebrate at the l6th annual African American Alumni 
Council Reunion. 

AAAC President FranMin Wallace (B.F.A. 87) says the entire weekend was a huge success: 
"The event has grown tremendously year after year, and part of that is due to the fact that folks 
are willing to come out and participate. " 

Friday night s reception provided a networking opportunity for alumni entrepreneurs, and guest 
speaker Viola Baskerville, Virginia secretary of administration, addressed ways to connect vrith 
younger alumni with entrepreneurial aspirations. That theme carried through at Saturday's unity 
summit, where Micah McCreary, associate professor of psychology , spoke at a midday symposium, 
"What's Going On? A Look at the Plight of Today's African -American College Student. " After the 
presentation, a round-table discussion focused on ways to address issues affecting African- 
American students and how to reach undergraduates who may struggle in college. A larger summit 
in the spring will continue to work "to strengthen ties between former and current students and 
to seek answers to the disappearance of the unified black student population, " Wallace says. 

Tiffany Smith (B.S. '92/MC), who hadn't been back to Richmond in lO years, plans to make 
the trek from her New Jersey home again this spring. "It was just amazing how the campus had 
grouTi, " she says. 

I housands head back to VCU's MCV Campus The MCV Alumni Association brought 
home one of its biggest groups of alumni ever, as nearly 1,300 graduates and guests flocked to 
campus April 21-23- The weekend's events included a brunch for alumni celebrating 50-year 
graduation anniversaries and the induction of donors into the School of Dentistry's Medallion 
Society. Meanwhile, all of the MCV Campus schools welcomed alumni to class- or school- 
specific receptions and dinners throughout the weekend. 

This article is adapted from "Reunions bring alumni back to Richmond. " written by Alex Woolridge 
(B.S. '06/MC) and published in the summer 2006 Campaign for VCU newsletter. "The Power of 
Personal Philanthropy. " 

(1): Alumni celebrate at the African American Alumni Council dance party. Nearly 
300 people came to campus for the weekend. (2): AAAC President Franklin Wallace 
(B.F.A. '87) chats with Viola Baskerville. Virginia's secretary of administration, 

Jaskerville spoke at the AAAC reunion about connecting with younger alumni 
with entrepreneurial aspirations. (3): VCU Alumni Association President Jo Lynne 

3eMary (M.Ed. '72) chats with Thomas H. Monahan (B.S. '56/MC) and William R. 
O'Connell Jr. (B.M.E. '55/A) at the Richmond Professional Institute reunion. 


Mark your calendars! 
forthe2007RPI, MCV 
Alumni Association and 
African American Alumni 
Council reunions, 

(4): Alumni get the AAAC reunion weekend started by hitting the links at tht 
Birkdale Golf Club in Chesterfield, Va. (5): Escorted by her son, James Moore, 
Martha Riis Moore (B.S. '37/H&S) was the oldest alumna at the RPI reunion 
in April. (6): RPI alumni catch up during a reception at the Fine Arts Buildint 
From left: Lois Lindholm (B.F.A. '54) (in pink), her twin sister, Lynne Crawford 
(B.F.A. '52), Bob Lindholm (B.S. '50/H&S), co-chair of the reunion plannint 
committee, and Hunter Purdie (B.FA. '49) with his wife, Carolyn. 

African American Alumni Council 
Larry Powell 
., ..;:;^^ (804) 828-2586 


VCU Alumni Association 

Diane Stout-Brown 

(804) 828-7020 


MCV Alumni Association 
Barbara Payton 
{804) 828-3900 

Fall 2006 1 17 

By Tom Gresham 


Norwood TeagU^, the new athletic director at 
Virginia Commonwealth University, arrived in Richmond 
with a robust background in athletic marketing, so 
he shows his roots when he says the men's basketball 
program has developed "a very strong brand. ' Similarly, 
when Teague assesses Ajlt ho n_V Cjrrailt, the rookie head 
coach for the VGU men's basketball team, he goes straight 
to Grant's charismatic box- office appeal. 

"He gives the basketball program some definite sizzle." Teague says 
sitting in his new office, which overlooks the Alltel Pavilion at the Stuart 
C. Siegel Center. "Anybody in the world who meets him is going to 
want to come to some VCU basketball games. With his background and 
his demeanor and his values, there are going to be people who foUow 
this program because of him. He will have that kind of impact. " 

When Jeff Gapel accepted the head coaching position at Big 12 Con- 
ference power Oklahoma in April, hearts sank at VCU. Capel was one of 
the country's hottest young coaching talents, having led the Rams to a 79" 
4-1 record in four seasons, and his departure left a glaring vacancy. VCU 
rebounded with startling speed, however, hiring Grant, the top assistant 
at national champion Florida, a mere week after Capel's announcement. 

Grant's hiring immediately drew kudos across the basketball landscape. 
Dave Telep, a national recruiting analyst, called Grant "one of the most suc- 
cessful, highest-character coaches in college basketball. " 
- senior basketball writer Jeff Goodnian emphatically labeled Grant the best 
new hire in the country, saying he was a "star in the making " who "has it all 

— he can coach, recruit, has character and should be an instant success. " 

Grant served as an assistant for lO years at Florida for head coach Billy 
Donovan and was Donovan's aide for two years at Marshall before that. 
He was widely viewed as a crucial component in Florida's 2006 run to the 
NCAA championship, having been the lead recruiter for a number of the 
Gators' star players. Grant was considered a possible candidate for a host 
of the head coaching positions that opened after the conclusion of the 
2005-06 season, but it was a determined VCU that quickly snared him. 
In fact. Grant was the only candidate the Rams ever pursued. 

Grant says he saw much to favor in VCU's program — from invested 
fans to attractive facilities to considerable existing talent. Grant was 
familiar with VCU and not just because his brother is a doctor in the 
area. He also knew of the basketball program and the success it had 
enjoyed in recent years. 

"1 like that the programhassomehistory and tradition," Grant says. 
"There have been some pockets of real success. I was e.xcited by the 
opportunity to be in a place that has such a strong foundation to build a 

Fall 2006 1 19 

Norwood league, new athletic director, and Antliony Grant, new head coach, at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

make decisions on our own, 
instead of just leaving things 
up to him. That v^^as very help- 
ful for me. It helped prepare 
me for this." 

Among the new responsi- 
bilities Grant has particularly 
embraced is representing VCU 
and the basketball program in 
the community. Despite fre- 
quent recruiting trips. Grant 
has managed to visit with a wide 
variety of organizations and 
individuals in Richmond dur- 
ing his first few months on the 
job, ranging from VCU stu- 
dent groups to local churches. 

Grant says he has been 
pleased with the warm feel- 
ings he has heard expressed for 

"People say a lot of good 
things about VCU," Grant 

consistent wanner. There are great resources at VCU, and Richmond is 
a great city to have a team. I'm also fortunate that coach Capel brought 
in such great, talented kids. We just want to sustain what he started and 
build on it." 

Grant's hiring immediately eased concerns among VCU's returning 
players and incoming recruits, many of whom were close to Capel. The 
arrival of a highly regarded coach with an NCAA title on his resume 
gave the players evident reason to look forward to next season. 

"He won a championship so you can't do anything but listen, "Jamal 
Shuler, a VCU guard, told The Associated Press at the April press con- 
ference announcing Grant's hiring. "It's the first day of class and we re 
all ears, eyes. I'm feeling good, real positive vibes. " 

Grant says he has attempted to calm the players' fears and let them 
know the type of team he hopes to put on the court — an aggressive, 
disciplined squad that emphasizes pressure defense and an up-tempo 

"1 know those guys had a lot of love for coach Capel, " Grant says. 
"He was the one to recruit them and bring them to VCU. I've just tried 
to let them know that I can provide some stability and direction. To 
their credit, they have been great. They decided they were willing to 
move forward and take the next step here. 1 think they're excited." 

Grant is a polished and fit presence who exudes control. He keeps 
a neat office, papers arranged precisely on his desk. His courtside 
demeanor at Florida was unfailingly cool and composed, sometimes in 
contrast to the high-energy Donovan. He gives the impression that he 
will not ruffle easily and appears at ease with his somewhat abrupt tran- 
sition from anonymous assistant coach to prominent head coach. He 
says he has not been nervous about the additional scrutiny of his new 
position, partly because of Donovan's management style at Florida. 

"Coach Donovan wanted his assistants to be involved in every aspect 
of the program.," Grant says. "He gave us the freedom to coach and 

says. "People seem to feel comfortable with what we re doing — not just 
at VCU but vrith the basketball program. I do think people feel a con- 
nection to the school around here. " 

Teague says he wants VCU to be viewed as Richmond's hometoviTi 
team — one residents adopt whether they have other college affiliations 
or not — and he believes Grant's willingness to interact with the com- 
munity will help toward that goal. 

"He's a great ambassador for the school, " Teague says. 

Like Grant, Teague was hired this past spring at VCU and charged 
with replacing a renowned predecessor. Richard Sander, Ed.D., had 
served as VCU's athletic director since 1986, guiding the Rams' pro- 
gram through years of growth and victories. Sander, who is now the 
full-time director of the VCU SportsCenter, was part of the search 
team that selected Teague for the athletic department's top job. 

Teague was the associate athletic director for marketing at the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina, his alma mater, when he accepted the VCU 
position. Previous posts had included athletic department positions at 
the University of Virginia and Arizona State. Teague says the personnel 
in VCU's athletic department compares well to each of his past stops. 

Teague says VCU's athletic department — and, in particular, men's 
basketball — can provide a significant marketing benefit for the univer- 
sity as a whole. He points to the success of the men's basketball program 
at North Carolina; he says the frequent television exposure of the team 
each season was worth a "staggering " amount in advertising dollars. 

"I think of athletics as the front porch for the school, " Teague says. 
"The more success you have in that area, the more VCU benefits as far 
as its image and its brand. The tentacles for the athletic department 
can reach very far, and I think they're going to reach far the next few 
years here. " 

Men's basketball will play an especially high-profile role in meeting 
those goals, particularly for an athletic department without football. 

20 I VCU Shafer Court Connections 

We have got an amazing 

Dool ot coaches 

here," Teague says. "They 

are secoiid to none 

in my opinion. •• 

Grant says he and his new staff plan to cast a large net in their search 
for talent, recruiting aggressively up and down the East Coast. So far, 
he says, his Florida pedigree has proved helpful on the recruiting trail, 
giving prep standouts unfamiliar with VCU a reason to listen to him. 
Once they hear about the school, their ears perk up. 

"I think they like what they hear about VCU, " Grant says. "They see 
that there are some great facilities and resources and that they will have 
an opportunity to come in and contribute immediately. We're going 
to find some talented kids who are interested in coming here — players 
who are going to represent the school well." 

Grant inherits a Rams' team coming off a 19-IO season, including an 
II-7 finish in the Colonial Athletic Association. Three starters and eight 
letterwinners return, including senior guards B.A. Walker (second on 
team in scoring at II. 7 points per game) and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (team- 
high 51 rebounds per game), though the loss of leading-scorer Nick 
George, an All-CAA performer, will hurt. George Mason's headhne- 
gathering run to the Final Four in the spring gave the CAA an all new 
level of fame and respect and could flavor the upcoming season with a 
keen energy. Grant says. 

"I think people are now recognizing how tough the Colonial is, " 
Grant says. "There's going to be a little more attention on the league 
this year. More people are going to be talking about us. It's going to be 
fun to be a part of that. " 

Tom Gresham, a staff writer with University News Services, is a contributing; 
writer for Shafer Court Connections. 

Sander leaves AD post 
to lead VCU SportsCenter 






Nov. 13 

at Longwood University 

Jan. 13 


Nov. 17-20 

at Paradise Jam (Virgin Islands) 

Jan. 17 

UNC Wilmington 

Nov 25 

Hampton University 

Jan. 20 

Old Dominion 

Nov 28 

at Elon University 

Jan. 24 

at George Mason 

Dec. 2 


Jan. 27 

at Drexel 

Dec. 6 

at Albany 

Jan. 29 

William & Mary 

Dec. 9 

at University of Richmond 

Jan. 31 

at Mofstra 

Dec. 16 

University of Alabama-Birmingham 

Feb, 3 

Georgia State 

Dec. 20 


Feb. 7 

George Mason 

Dec. 30 

Appalachian State 

Feb. 10 

at UNC Wilmington 

Jan. 3 

at Tow son 

Feb. 14 

at UNC Wilmington 

Jan. 6 

at James Madison 

Feb. 21 

James Madison 

Jan. 8 


Feb. 24 

at Georgia State 

Jan. 10 

at William & Mary 

Home games in bold. 

In May 2006, Richard L. Sander, 
Ed.D., left his 20-year post as Virginia 
Commonwealth University's ath- 
letic director to head up the VCU 
SportsCenter, the university's grad- 
uate program in sports leadership. 

"We have a special opportunity 
here to take that success and build 
a program worthy of national and 
international acclaim, and that's 
what I want to do," Sander says. ,' ,-. 

Sander arrived at VCU in July ■ ,r. ' T 

1986 from Memphis State Univer- Richard L. Sander 
sity, where he was associate athletic 

director. Under his leadership, VCU has averaged a top-IO ranking 
for broad-based athletic excellence for Division 1-AAA programs 
over the past eight years as determined by the National Association 
of College Directors of Athletics. 

"What Dr. Sander has achieved is truly remarkable," says VCU 
President Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D. "During his tenure the school's ath- 
letic teams have been nationally ranked in six different sports and, 
most importantly, our athletes have been among bur top students 

VCU's 16 varsity sports compete at the NCAA Division I level as 
members of the Colonial Athletic Association. In recent years, VCU 
has participated in NCAA tournaments in basketball, track and field, 
baseball, golf, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and 
women's tennis. 

Since joining the CAA in 1995, VCU has won 27 of the total 77 men's 
championships — 35 percent of all possible championships. 

Sander says he considers the improvement of athletic facilities one 
of his major accomplishments, particularly the opening of the Stuart C. 
Siegel Center, which is home to men's and women's basketball teams 
and the volleyball team. The center has provided a venue for such 
diverse events as the NBA Players Association camp, championship 
competitions for the Virginia High School League, graduation ceremo- 
nies for 24 area high schools and numerous concerts. 

"The Siegel Center has been significant in positioning the whole 
culture of the institution," he says. "It provides a real showcase to bring 
people to VCU and experience a great university." 

Sander, who developed the SportsCenter, says he has several initia- 
tives he wants to pursue as full-time director of the program, which 
offers master's-level study. Those initiatives include expanding coach- 
ing symposiums and the Sports Marketing Research Institute, as well 
as creating global sports leadership study programs. 

"We can all be proud of our victories on and off the field knowing we 
have done it the right way," Sander says. "Of all of our successes the 
most rewarding thing to me is seeing 20 years of student-athletes grow 
and develop to become the type of individuals who have acquired the 
values necessary to be successful in their lives." 

— Pamela Lepley. University News Services 

Fall 2006 I 21 



SOUTHERN SPLENDOR > The colossal, fluted columns with Corinthian 
capitals greet gxiests entering the Scott House at 909 W. Franklin St. Built in 
1911, the three-story mansion is one of Richmond's most important archi- 
tectural survivors from the American Renaissance. Virginia Commonwealth 
University's predecessor, Richmond Professional Institute, leased part of the 
second story in 1963 for a women's dormitory. A year later, the third floor 
opened to students, who rented rooms through the 1990s. VCU purchased 
the house in 200I and began a multiyear renovation project using architec- 
tural drawings from interior designer and architectural historian Gary Inman 
(M.A. '93/A). Today, the top two floors house university offices, and the first 
story is available for public events. For a virtual tour and details on reserving 
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Since Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., arrived at Virginia Commonwealth University in 199O, $2 billion has been 
spent on capital construction projects that are either complete, in process, or funded and authorized, and 
there's another $1 billion worth of capital improvements in the pipehne. President Trani recently spoke to 
University News Services about the Monroe Park Campus infrastructure improvements and expansion. What 
follows is an edited excerpt of that conversation. To view the full interview, go to www.vcu.edvi/president. 

What will the Monroe Park Campus expan- 
sion mean for the schools of Engineering 
and Business and for VCU as a whole? First 
of all, what's it going to mean for Virginians? 
It's going to mean that there are going to be 
2,000 additional students for engineering and 
business. At a time when other universities are 
not growing, and these fields are heavily sought 
after, that's a big deal for the commonwealth, 
and we appreciate their support. 

Pedagogically, it will be very interesting to 
throw business and engineering together be- 
cause there are so many crossovers, and a lot 
of our large employers in Richmond and Vir- 
ginia and across the country say that they hire 
business graduates who do not know enough 
engineering and technology, and engineers 
who do not know enough business. 

We plan to fix that by putting them adjacent 
to one another. 

So it's a very exciting project — it's a $220 
mdlion project, including the new business 
school. Phase II of the engineering school, 
two residential colleges, eventually a parking 
deck, the renovation of the Belting Building 
for the VCU Adcenter and an executive con- 
ference center. We're transforming an area of 
Richmond that was basically parking lots and 

abandoned structures and making it a new 
gateway to downtown Richmond. 

You touched on what this construction, 
renovation and modernization mean 
programmatically. What does it mean in 
terms of retention and recruitment? Well, 
first of all, it means that we've gone from 2I,000 
students to 30,000 students, so we must be do- 
ing something right because we are at our record 
number of freshman applications — 13,000 
freshman applications up from less than 5,000 
freshman applications several years ago. 

So more students want to come to VCU. 
There are universities that are having trouble 
because they have not modernized their 
facilities. We're not one of them. 

What about the importance of VCU in 
the Richmond community and even the 
importance of universities in their cities, 
in their communities? Well, it's interesting. 
For the first five years, from 1990 to 1995 . I 
really sold the importance of VCU, and for 
the last 12 years everybody accepts the impor- 
tance of VCU and, in fact, it was the business 
community who suggested the new School 
of Engineering and the creation of the 
[BioTechnology] research park. 

So the business community and the politi- 
cal leadership understand if they're going to 
go get Philip Morris or MeadWestvaco or 
UNOS or Beringer Ingleheim to either move 
to Richmond or make huge new investments, 
they need to do it as a collaborative activity 
with a research university, because first of all, 
we're going to train their future workers, we 
are going to offer continuing education pro- 
grams for their current workers, and we have 
researchers who will work with them in new 
product development. 

Our budget alone will be $2 billion next 
year between the university and the health 
system — 68 percent of it is in the urban 
core. So while department stores shut down, 
people moved out of the city, schools moved 
out of the city, the research university just 
stayed as an economic anchor. 

Certainly our governor, Tim Kaine, really 
believes that universities are economic engines 
and have responsibilities in this area. They 
aren't the only ones, and obviously they have to 
continue to do the traditional missions 
of teaching and research and community 
service, but they really have to step up. 

— Interview conducted by Pamela Lepley, 
director. University News Services. 

24 i VCU Shafer Court Connections 







By Amy Adams 

It's been two years since Michael "Wright (IV 

art director at The Martin Agency, watched his car float along 

15th Street in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom. Wright's car, along 

with hundreds of others, was swept up in the floodwaters pra^ 

duced by Tropical Storm Gaston. The Aug. 30> ' " 

parked over Richmond for the day, pouri ng I ^ ' 

onto the city — and the low-lying Bottom 


lie most individual losses amounted to 
a totaled vehicle — and in Wright's case, his 
CD collection — businesses took a much larger 
financial hit. Two years later, the Bottom has 
seen the return of many favorites, such as River 
City Diner, Havana '59 ^^^ Cafe Gutenberg 
with its rare book collection. Still, some 
restaurants remain shuttered. 

With more than $1 million in damages and a 
lengthy insurance process, it took Bottoms Up 
Pizza almost a year to recover from the flood- 
waters that washed out the restaurant's first floor. 
"It went from around 3 feet to 10 feet vrithin an 
hour," recalls manager Charlie Lichter of the 
rising flood outside Bottoms Up's doors. When 
water began seeping into the restaurant, custom- 
ers climbed to the second floor while Lichter 
and his staff frantically began moving equipment 
and chairs upstairs. What they couldn't carry, the 
water — reaching 6 feet inside — destroyed. 

Not to be defeated, Lichter says Bottoms Up 
owner Dirk Graham turned the tragedy around 
by incorporating improvements in the recovery 
process, such as a new, larger bar and a more 
efficient kitchen for cooking up the pizzeria s 
gourmet pies. 

Throughout the course of rebuilding, Lich- 
ter witnessed the support of his fellow Shockoe 
Bottom neighbors. "You depend on other busi- 
nesses to be here," Lichter says. Having other 
restaurants and bars thrive, even though they 

Floodwaters, which reached the 
roofline of the 17th Street Farmers' 
Market, washed away or ruined many 
of the wooden vendor stalls and left 
piles of mud and debris behind. The 
market, which operates Thursday to 
Sunday, managed to reopen just a 
few weeks after Gaston. 

may be competitors, is important for the 
sense of community in the Bottom, he notes. 

Erika Gay, executive director of the River 
District Alliance, is aware of the support down- 
town and Richmond-area companies have given 
to Bottom establishments. According to Gay, 
many of the donations to the Shockoe Relief 
Fund, set up immediately after Gaston to assist 
with recovery, were from other business owners. 

The public also has been supportive in help- 
ing the Bottom get back on its feet, coming out 
to dine at one of the many restaurants or shop 
at the 17th Street Farmers' Market. Lichter says 
people are returning to their favorite haunts, 
and at Bottoms Up, there's a table waiting 
for them. 

Amy Adams (B.A. 'gS/H&S) is a contributing writer 
for Shafer Court Connections. 


VCU is an economic engine in the greater 
Richmond area, with many of the university's 
more than 16,000 employees and 30,000 
students spending their dollars in city neigh- 
borhoods such as Shockoe Bottom. 


• Students: approximately $42 million 

• Employees: approximately $19 million 

Additionally, spending in 2004 within the city of 
Richmond by VCU, VCU Health System, and 
students, faculty and staff was estimated at $400 
million. That same year, approximately 16 percent 
of all university nonpersonnel spending occurred 
with businesses in the city of Richmond. 

Source: "An Economic Analysis of Virginia 
Commonwealth University," May 2006 

Fall 2006 I 25 


VCUAA welcomes new board members 

Seven new directors, each serving a three-year term, have 
joined the VCU Alumni Association. Directors are selected by 
a nominating committee and elected by the board. 

Thomas Beatty (B.A. '93/H&S) is principal at Fred D. 
Thompson Middle School in Richmond, Va., and teaches 
graduate courses at VCU's School of Education. He recently 
received the R.E.B. Distinguished Educator Award for 

Peter Blake (B.A. '8o/H8lS; M.S. '88/MC) is the vice 
chancellor for work force development for the Virginia 
Community College System. He previously served 
as deputy secretary and secretary of education under 
Gov. Mark Warner. 

Donna Dalton (M.Ed, oo) is director of curriculum and 
instruction for Chesterfield County Public Schools, a member 
of the School of Education Alumni Board and a former School 
of Education Alumni Star. 

Suzette Denslow (B.S. '79/H&S) coordinates the Viiginia 
Municipal League's legislative activities, lobbying on finance 
and taxation issues. She also has served as deputy secretary 
of education under Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and as director 
of policy for Gov. Mark Warner. 

William R. O'Connell Jr. (B.M.E. '55) is president 
emeritus of New England College. In the 195OS, he served 
three posts at Richmond Professional Institute: assistant to 
the provost (1955-57). dean of men (l957-59) ^nd dean of 
students (1959-61). He is a member of the RPl Reunion 
Planning and the RPI Sculpture committees. 

Patricia Wright (M.Ed. '85) is Virginia's chief deputy 
superintendent for public instruction. 

Nevkfs, highlights and event photos from 

the Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni Association 

and the African American Alumni Council. 

Thomas Silvestri (M.B.A. '86) is president and publisher of 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch and a former president of the 
School of Business Alumni Board. 

D.C. performance offers music and mingling 

VCU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble (above) performs at thejohn F. Kennedy 
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C, April 7, 2006, as part 
of the World Projects Wind Band Festival. VCU alumni and members of the 
D.C. Metro Area Alumni Chapter (below) mingle with band members and 
Department of Music faculty at a pre-performance reception. From left: 
Ross Walter, Ph.D., assistant professor; Mary Jo West and husband Charles 
West, Ph. D . , professor and a featured soloist in the concert ; and James Hale 
(B.M.E. '66) and Susan Hale (B.M.E. '67). 

26 VCU Shafer Court Connections 

Family celebrates second-generation grad 

Graduate Jennifer (Ginther) Griffin (M.B.A. 'o6) (second from 
left) celebrates with fiance John Griffin (left) and parents Marsha and 
Bill Ginther (B.S. '69/6; M.S. '74/B) at the spring 2006 commence- 
ment breakfast. The event, sponsored and staffed by members of the VCU 
Alumni Association before each winter and spring graduation 
ceremony, was held at 6th Street Marketplace. 

School of Business honors alumni for service 

The School of Business presents its Board Service Awards and Alumni 
of the Year Award April 18, 2006, during the 2006 School of Business 
Honors Program. Service Award recipients include Richard O. Bunce 
(M.B.A. '97), Carl P. Caron (M.B.A. '97), Martha A. Redstron- 
Plourd, Ph.D. (B.S. •77/H&S; M.S. '79/B) and Gregory B. Vaeth 
(M.B.A. '88). The Alumni of the Year Award went to Tom and Vickie 
Snead, both 1976 B.S. graduates of the school. From left; Board 
President Ken Thomas (B.S. '92/B), Greg Vaeth, Vickie Snead, Tom 
Snead and Dick Bunce. 

African American Alumni Council 
elects 2006-08 executive officers 

Franklin Wallace (B.F.A. '87), president 
Joseph Tyner (M.S. '92/B), treasurer 
Mary Francis (B.S. '95/H&S), secretary 
Rodney Harry (B.S. '90^^^^), parliamentarian 
Michelle Jones (B.S. '87/H&S), VCU 
Alumni Association representative 

AAAC launches new Web site 

Connect with your fellow alumni at 

Franklin Wallace 

Fall 2006 I 27 


ass notes 

Send information about your professional and personal 
accomplishments to Or, mail your news to 
Shafer Court Connections, Virginia Commonwealth University, 
827 W. Franklin St., P.O. Box 842041, Richmond, VA23284-2041. 


William Beville* (B.S. '65/SW) is college sales and regional 
acquisition editor for Prentice Hall, an educational and 
reference publishing company. He earned the 2005 Top 
Sales Performer Award and the 2005 Top Manuscript 
Performer Award. He won the National Sales Award six 
of the past 10 years and the Top Manuscript Award five 
years in a row. He is a charter member of Prentice Hall's 
Leadership Council. 

Richard Manuel* (B.F.A. 63) owns and is an architect for 
Dick Manuel Design. He lives in Amissville, Va. 

John Schwartz* (B.S. '69/6} was appointed to the Henrico 
Board of Real Estate Review and Equalization by the 
Henrico Board of Supervisors. He is managing director 
of Have Site Will Travel Ltd. 

Geraldine Story (M.S. '67/B) received a 2006 Outstanding 
Women Award from the YMCA of Richmond in the 
volunteerism category. She has served on the board 
of directors for the Greater Richmond Association 
of Retarded Citizens for 30 years. 

Brent Webber* (B.S. '67/MC) has had his poem "Healing" 
published m the International Library of Poetry in 
Ownings Mill, Md.. as part of the library's Best Poems of 
2005 collection. He has had two other poems published 
by Noble House in London. 


James Chapman (B.S. '77/B) is client executive/vice presi- 
dent and commercial and contract surety practice leader 
of Hylant Group in Ohio. 

Jo Lynne DeMary* (M.Ed. '72) received a 2006 Outstanding 
Women Award from the YWCA of Richmond in the 
education category. Former Virginia superintendent 
of public instruction, she is the director of the Com- 
monwealth Educational Policy Institute's Center for 
School Improvement at VCU's School of Education. 

Theodore Fadool (BS. 72/B) is senior vice president 
of Federated Investors Inc. in Pittsburgh, which 
published his book "The Grass is Always Greener 
When You Water It" in December 2005. 

Business alumnus advances through the grocery retail ranks 

Not many part-time jobs turn into lifelong careers, so Bruce Everette (B.S. '73/B) counts 
himself lucky. 

"I've been with the same company for 38 years, " says Everette, executive vice president of retail 
operations for Safeway Inc. 

His career at Safeway began in 1968, when he worked as a part-time carryout clerk while 
attending high school in Colonial Heights, Va. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth 
University with a bachelor's in business administration, he became a manager trainee for the 
Pleasanton, Calif., grocer, and through the years has moved up the corporate ladder — and 
around the country. 

"When I was living in Dinwiddle, Va., in 1984 1 thought I would never leave there," he 
says. But one of the best things I did was move, and numerous times. I met new people, got 

extended family, and it has helped me build my 
career. " 

Today, Everette and wife Lyn call Northern 
California home, though they also maintain a resi- 
dence in Scottsdale, Ariz., near their daughters, 
Heather and Misty. Everette is an active member of 
the communities where he lives and works, and his 
leadership has been recognized by the Muscular 
Dystrophy Association and Easter Seals, two of the 
many organizations he supports. He's also received 
numerous industry accolades, including being named 
this year's Food Industry Executive by the University 
of Southern California. 

Everette, one of Safeway's top five executive 
officers, is now content to stay put. "As far as titles 
and career opportunities in Safeway, this is it, " he 
says. "My goal is to help our team be better today 
than we were yesterday." 

Allen T. Harville (B.S. '72/6) is teaching special education 
at Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Va. He is com- 
pleting VCU School of Education graduate school classes 
online to receive his full licensure. 

James Hearn (BM.E, '75; BS. ^d/H&S) is a doctor with 
Cardiology Associates in Port Charlotte. Fla. He lives in 
Punta Gorda, Fla. 

Martha Kaplan (B.S. ■74/B) is art director at Crawford &. 
Co. She lives in Alpharetta. Ga. 

Nancy Kercheval {B.S-'73/MC) is editor of the Bloomberg 
News in Washington. D.C. She lives in Baltimore. 

Richard Painter* (BS. ^VM&S) is a lieutenant colonel 
in the U.S. Army. He lives in Fort Monroe, Va. 

Douglas Pratt (M.S.W. '78) published "Making Child 
Welfare Work," with his company. Policy-Practice 
Resources Inc.. and the Judge David L. Bazelon Center 
for Mental Health Law in 1998. 

Thomas Savage* (B.S. '76/MC) was chosen by Virginia 
Business Magazine as one of 48 family/domestic relations 
attorneys to be listed in its 2005 Legal Elite December 
edition. He practices law in Fredericksburg, Va. 

Linda Tuck-Jenkins (M.A. '76/B) published her first novel. 
"Starpeople: The Sirian Redemption," first runner-up 
for the 2001 COVR Award for Fiction and a finalist for 
the 2002 IPPY Prize for Visionary Fiction. 


Debra Dahmer (B.S. '75/E; Cert. '84/B) is a senior consultant 
at CapTech Ventures Inc. in Richmond. Va. 

Collins Denny* {B.S. '87/B) is a membership director at 
EquiNet in Richmond, Va.. where he lives. 

Susan Hlgginbotham (B.A. ei/l-l&S) is a case law editor 
for LexisNexis. She lives in Apex, N.C. 

Karen Jewette (B.S. es/E) is a teacher and coordinator 
for Chesapeake Pubhc Schools in Virginia. She Uves in 
Suffolk. Va. 

Paul Johnson {B.S. '84/B) is a production manager for 
Capitol Advantage Publishing in Lorton, Va. He lives 
in Ashburn. Va. 

Stephen Kadar Jr.* ('87/I-I&S) is a design architect for Fer- 
guson Enterprises Inc. in Newport News, Va.. where he lives. 

Sara Lewis (M.A. ■82/A) is the author of "Gloucester 
County," published injuly 2006. She also is a freelance 
writer, media relations consultant and a member of the 
boards of the Colonial Virginia Chapter of the American 
Red Cross and of Historic Triangle Outdoor Adventures. 

Celia Luxmoore* (B.S. 'ao/MC; M.S. '8i/MC) is director 
of development for the American Civil War Center at 
Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Va., where she lives. 

John Mason (B.A. 'ys/HAS: M.Ed. '84) is a clinical adminis- 
trator for Hampton-Newport News Community Services 
Board in Hampton, Va. He lives in CarroUton. Va. 

Gray Morris* (B.A. 68/I-I&S; M.P.A. '83) is a senior labor 
relations specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice in 
Washington. D.C. He lives in Arlington, Va. 

Elizabeth (Massie) Nye (B.S. WE) is assistant branch 
manager at Scott & Stringfellow Inc. in Staunton, Va. 
She lives in Stuarts Draft, Va. 

Howard Owen* (M.A. '82/I-I&S) had his eighth novel, "Rock 
of Ages." published by Permanent Press Publishing Co. He 
is deputy managing editor of the Richmond Times- Dispatch. 

Sandra Peters (B.S. ■86/M&S) is a senior trainer at Jackson 

Hewitt Tax Sei-vice Inc. She lives in Virginia Beach, Va. 
Rhonda Pleasants (B.S, 'ee/B) is a funeral services instructor 

at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Va. She 

lives in Richmonti, Va. 
Lisa Sweeney* (B.F.A. '&4) is a senior systems analyst for 

Westat Inc. in Rockville, Md. She lives in Annandale. Va. 
Judith Vido (B.S. 'es/H&S; M.S.W. 89) published "Forever at 

Your Side" and is the author of "A Living Heart" and "A 

Searching Heart." 
Wayne Weeks (Cert. '89/B) is a controller at McKinnon & 

Harris Inc. in Richmond, Va. 
Glenn Williams* (B.S. WB) is an MIS analyst II at Capital 

One Financial. He lives in Mechanicsville, Va. 


Fitsum Andargue (B.S. 've/B) is an information technology 

manager with GE Healthcare Financial Services in 

Bethesda, Md. He lives in Alexandria, Va. 
Betty Barrett (B.S.W. '97) serves as an associate lecturer at 

the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she lives. 
Michelle BoggS-Riesser* (B A. '97/A) owns and is creative 

director of Michelle Riesser Events. She lives in Virginia 

Beach, Va. 
Erika Cintron* (B.S. '98/E) is a provisioning administrator 

for Covad Communications in Herndon, Va. She lives m 

Suitland. Md. 
Robert Fox* (B.S, '99/B) is a financial representative for 

MassMutual in Glen Allen, Va. He lives in Richmond. Va. 
Christopher Francoise (B.S. '97/B) is a broker in Richmond. 

Va. , where he lives. 
John Frields (B.S. '93/B) is a database administrator for 

Fannie Mae in Washington. D.C. He lives in Arlington. Va. 
Linda Fry (B.S.W, 98; M.SW. '99) is director of family 

resources for the Maniilaq Association in Kotzebue. 

Alaska, where she lives. 
Armisted Fuller (B.F.A, 75: Cert. '97/B) is a consultant with 

IBM. He lives in Hahfax. Va. 
Tammy Futrell (B.S. ^VI-I&S) is associate dean of students 

at Washington and Lee University. She recendy received the 

William H. Myers Multicultural Professional Service award 

presented by the Stuart Educational Leadership Group. 
Stephanie Garrison (B.F.A. '96) is a senior graphic 

designer for the Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. in 

Fredericksburg, Va.. where she lives. 
Robert Gentry (B.S. Vs/B) is a manager at Evant in 

Atlanta. He lives in Smyrna, Ga. 
Alisha Gray-Johnson (B.S, ^VAMP; M.SW 98) is founder of 

Messless, a Richmond. Va. , professional organizing company. 

Nicole Greene (B.F.A, 94) is an executive assistant at First 
Data in Greenwood Village, Colo. She lives in Denver. 

David Grershman (B.S. '91/B) is director of corporate 
marketing for the National Home Infusion Association 
in Alexandria, Va. He lives in Gaithersburg. Md. 

Kendall Harper (B.A. '94/A) is an appraiser for the Larimer 
County Assessor in Fort Collins. Colo., where she lives. 

Lauren (Meredith) Wiggins (B.S- ■93/M&S) is an investiga- 
tions supervisor for Wachovia. She hves in Charlotte, N.C. 

Tai Hoover (B.FA. '94) is a graphic designer for IGF Consult- 
ing in Washington. D.C. She lives in Silver Spring. Md. 


Budding physicist fast 
tracks his education 

Matthew Sievert (B.S. 'oe/H&S; B.A. 
'oG/H&S) graduated with honors — and 
two bachelor's degrees in physics and 
Spanish — in May 20o6, and he's on track 
to earn his master's this spring. 

He says he's not an overachiever, just 

"I came to VCU with 30 AP credits, " he says. And while he could have completed the degree 
requirements in three years, his Presidential Scholarship funded his education for four. "So 1 
took as many graduate courses as I could as an undergraduate. 

Normally, undergraduate students can only count two graduate-level courses toward a higher 
degree, but Sievert was able to bank four thanks to the Department of Physics' accelerated B.S./ 
M.S. physics program. 

He also credits the department's 5-I student-to-faculty ratio for his success. "I would have 
never been the same in a larger department," Sievert says. "I reaUy budt a close-knit relation- 
ship with the professors and have had opportunities that I would not have had." 

Some of those opportunities have included working in the labs of associate professor Ahson 
Baski, Ph.D., and professor Shiv Khanna, Ph.D. This past summer he contributed to a 
research project studying cluster physics, or engineering new materials out of small, multi- 
atom particles. "You can build a cluster with the properties you want," Sievert says. "Some of 
these clusters, these materials, are several times stronger than steel. This is what we would want 
to build space shuttles out of." 

Once he earns his master's degree, Sievert plans to tackle his Ph.D. so that he can conduct 
research and teach at the university level. 

As for the Spanish degree? Sievert has been taking classes since the eighth grade (he wanted 
to learnjapanese but it wasn't offered). 

"It takes a special kind of crazy to study physics," Sievert says, "and because I study physics and 
Spanish, even the physics people think I'm crazy." 

Nickkol Joseph-Lewis (B.F.A. '94) is a graphic designer 
for Visual Appeal LLC. She lives in Mechanicsville, Va. 

Barbara Kallus* (B.S. '82/B; M.B.A. '90) is senior vice presi- 
dent and chief financial officer for Virginia Business 

Melody King* (B.S. '93/B) is treasurer at Old Dominion 
Glass Inc. in Mechanicsville. Va. She is the 2006-07 
Richmond Chapter president for the American Society 
of Women Accountants. 

Deanna Langenburg (B.S. WB) is a certified public 
accountant. Her husband. Valdean Langenburg 
(B.S. '95/B) . is vice president of Collegiate Funding 
Services LLC. They live in Beaverdam, Va. 

Donna Lee (B.S. ■93/H&S) is a family intervention specialist 
for CHIP (Children's Health Involving Parents) of 
Greater Richmond. She lives in Midlothian, Va. 

Edward McCormick (B.S. '91/B) has joined Mortar Rock 
Capital as an equity analyst. He lives and works in New 
York City. 

Ledelle Moe (M.P.A. '96/A) received aTrustee Fellowship for 
Excellence in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of 
Art in Baltimore. She is a sculpture faculty member at MICA. 

Catherine Nolte, Ph.D. (B.M. '67, M.Ed. '86: PkD. ■94/E) is 
a human resources specialist for Henrico County Public 
Schools in Virginia, where she lives. 

Aaron Perlut (B.S.'93/MC) is vice president of Fleishman- 
Hillard in St. Louis, where he lives. 

Millard Souers Jr. (B.S. '95/B) is corporate SEC analyst 
for Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. in New Albany, 
Ohio. He lives in Columbus. Ohio. 

Kenneth Sours (B.S. '90/B) is a tech analyst for State Farm 
Insurance in Bloomington. lU.. where he lives. 

Richard Starling (B.S. '61/B; M.B.A '95) is president and 
CEO of American Capital Group in Washington. D.C. 
He lives in Mechanics\Tlle. Va. 

Robert Wesley (B.S. '99/B) is director of sales and market- 
ing for the Virginia Lottery in Richmond. Va. He lives in 
Moseley, Va. 

Fall 2006 I 29 

[class notes] 

Regan Wynne (B.F.A. *97) is a producer for Lines of Code 
Entertainment in Burbank. Calif. He lives in Sherman 
Oaks. Calif. 


Jeff Anderson (B.F.A. 'Ol) is a project designer for Perkins 
& Will in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va. 

Nancy Beasiey* (M.S."00/MC) received a 2006 Outstanding 
WomenAward from the YWCA of Richmond. A contribut- 
ing editor and columnist for Richmond Magazine and 
author of the nonfiction book "Izzy's Fire: Finding 
Humanity in the Holocaust," Beasiey was honored in the 
category of communications. 

Carolyn Belefski (B.F.A. '04) is a graphic designer at 
Bremmer & Goris Communications in Alexandria, Va. 
She lives in Fairfax Station. Va. 

Brian Bock (B.S OS/B) is property manager of PRG Real 

Joseph Bryant Jr. (B.S. "OS/B) has joined Fannie Mae 
in Herndon, Va.. as a senior business analyst. 

William Burgess* (B.S. bVB) is the marketing/promo- 
tions director at CFl in Richmond, Va.. where he lives. 

Jacqueiin Rogers Camp (B S. 02/6) is an accoun- 
tant with Stanislaus County Department of Health in 
Modesto. Calif. She lives in Ballico, Calif. 

Troy Clark (B.A. '02/H&S) is a product specialist for Wachovia 
Securities in Richmond, Va. He lives in Midlothian. Va. 

Kimberly Dell (B.S. "04/M&S: M.T '05) is a graduate research 
assistant for special education and disability policy at 
VCU. She lives in Chesterfield, Va. 

Patrick Dent (M.I.S. OS/H&S) is author and publisher at 
Dent Publishing in Richmond. Va. He Uves in Sandston, Va. 

Shannon Dowdy (B.S. "oz/En) is a photolithography 
process engineer for Qimonda in Sandston, Va. She lives 
in Chester, Va. 

Eric Falthzik* (M.S. '03/B) is senior manager at Atlanta- 
based He lives in Reston, Ga. 

Karen Ford* (B.S. '04/I-I&S) is a pharmacy tech/trainer for 
Rite Aid in Richmond. Va. She lives in Manaldn-Sabot. Va. 

Lindsey Ford (M.S.W. 04) works for the city of Richmond 
as a social work specialist. She lives in Chesterfield, Va. 

Andrew Giltis (B.S. '03/MC) is a multimedia production 
assistant for the VCU School of Medicine. 

Sarah Gintout (B.S. OS/B) is a pilot for Trans States 
Airlines. She lives in Mechanicsville. Va. 

Erica Gregory* (B.S. oa/B) is a database manager for the 
Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research of the VCU 
School of Nursing in Richmond, Va., where she lives. 

Candace Hamlin (B.S. '03/B) is an application help-desk 
analyst for the Vii^inia Department of Health in Richmond. 
She also teaches information systems courses at Beta 
Tech -West. 

Joanna Hartsook* (B.S. '04/M&S) is a background investiga- 
tor for Chesterfield County. Va. She hves in Petersburg, Va. 

Chrlstophe Hodgdon, Ph.D., (PkD. '04/B) received 
the 2005 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Inter- 
national Accounting from the American Accounting 
Association, becoming the third VCU graduate to 
earn this honor. 

Lucy Hudson (B.S. '04/I-I&S) is an inventory control 
technician in VCU's Financial Reporting. Fbced Assets 
and General Accounting Department. She lives in 
Richmond, Va. 

Jeremy Hughes (B.S. '00/B) is land acquisition manager 
with DR Hoiton Inc. in Fairfax, Va. He lives in Arlington, Va. 

Tiffany Jefferson (B.S. '04/B) is a payment processing 
specialist for the Virginia Department of Social Services. 
She lives in New Kent, Va. 

Kathryn Larson (M.T. 00) teaches at Groveland Elemen- 
tary School in Groveland, Fla. She lives in Tavares, Fla. 

Regular reuniters. Richmond Professional Institute alumni pose for a group photo at the 
spring reimion. From left: Bob Gossett ('53/B) and wife Charlie Logan Gossett (B.F.A. '55); 
WaiisMcCauley(B.S. '54/B) and wife Jean; Cliff Belcher (B.S. '55/E) and wife Eunice; Arnold 
Lucas (B.S. '54/E) and wife Dorothy; Karl Holbrook (B.S. '53/E) and wife Barbara McCreedy 
Holbrook; Norm Katzenbux^ (B.S. '55/B); and Mary Nowak and husband Leo Nowak (B.S. 
'54/H&:S). The 14-member group has been holding its own impromptu reunions for the past 50 
years at locations from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Hilton Head, S.C. 

History of VCU 

Through more than 200 vintage and 
contemporary photographs, "Virginia 
Commonwealth University" illustrates 
VCU's nearly 170-year history. Trace the 
intricate histories of the Medical College 
of Virginia and Richmond Professional 
Institute as they come together to 
form today's VCU. (Arcadia Publishing, 
2006; $19.99) 

Call (804) 828-2586 ••■•.fsll.r"'^*'^"*' 
to order your copy, or -^ 
purchase the book online 
at v^ww.arcadiapublishing 

About the authors. Virginia 

Ray Bonis, a VCU alumnus, CoM.MONWKAi.ri. 

' U\rvrRSiTV 

is assistant archivist at 

the James Branch Cabell 
Library and has been with 
VCU Libraries for more than 16 years. Jodi 
Koste has been the archivist at the Tompkins 
McCaw Library for the Health Sciences since 
1981. Curtis Lyons has been the head of the 
Special Collections and Archives department 
at the James Branch Cabell Library since 1999- 

Nidhi Mehta (B.S. "OS/B) is an associate auditor at KPMG 

in Richmond, Va.. where she Uves. 
Michael Menefee Jr. (B.A.'oo/H&S) received the 2006 

Governor's Award for Volunteerism and Community 

Service. He is an inspection and training manager for the 

Department of Charitable Gaming in Richmond, Va., 

where he lives with his wife. Amy Menefee (B.S. w/B). 
Latitia Orange (B.S. '03/B) is assistant account executive 

with Selective Insurance in Richmond. Va. 
William Pattie (B.M. 06) is band director for the American 

International School of Egypt in Cairo. 
Meg Phillips (B.l.S. 'oo/H&S) owns MaggPie Jewelry. She 

lives in Richmond, Va. 
Monique Rose (B.S. '03/B) is an accountant for VCU 

Health System in Richmond, Va. She lives in Yale. Va. 
Melissa Scott (B.F.A. '04) teaches chemistry at Caroline 

High School. She lives in Beaverdam, Va. 
Lisa Stnons (B.S. ■02/B) is an acquisition specialist for the 

Defense Supply Center in Richmond, Va., where she lives. 
Tara Stubblefield (B.S. '01/MC) is a writer in Eugene. 

Ore. She lives in Marcola, Ore. 
Joan Thomas (M.S.W. '03) is a director of social work at 

Birmingham Green in Manassas, Va. She lives in Falls 

Church, Va. 
Van Williams (B.S. Ol/B) is director of client solutions 

for PROS Pricing Solutions in Houston, where he Uves. 
Jennifer Wilson (M.Ed. '05) is a school counselor for 

Pulaski County Public Schools in Virginia. She Uves 

in Blacksburg. Va. 
Greg Wolf* (B.F.A. '02) owns G Wolf Digital Illustration 

in Arlington. Va.. where he lives. 
Steven Wright (B.S. OO/B) is a creative production 

manager at Capital One Financial in Glen Allen. Va. 

[class notes] 

Faculty and staff 

Bonnie Brown, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of 
Biology, received $88o,000 from the National Fish and 
Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Targeted Watersheds 
Grant Program to study oyster nutrients in aquaculture. 



Max Foore (M.S.'69/B) married Mary Firestone on June 3. 
2006. They live in Richmond, Va. 


Carolyn Anderson (B.F.A. "95) married David Lawrence 
on July 29, 2006. They live in Richmond. Va. 

Christopher Bennardo (B,S. 'va/H&S) married Barbara 
Allen on July 8, 2006. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Rachel Bradley {B.F.A. '98) married Jon Lintvet on April 
22, 2006. They live in Glen Allen, Va. 

Jeffrey Buckley (B.A. '97/H&S) married NicoUe Hall on 
Nov. 5, 2005. They live in Richmond. Va. 

Joseph Eckler (B.A. '93/H&S) married Christina Palumbo 
on May 28, 2005. They live in Glen Allen. Va. 

Heather Gilmore (B.F.A. '93) married Keith Mays on Oct. 
8. 2005. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Robert Hurdelbrink (B.S. ^i/B) married Marian Clarke 
(B.S.'90/H&S) on Oct. 22, 2OO5. He is president and 
founder of Cut The Cord Inc. and she is a designer for 
the Hall Tree. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Mary Inge (M.S.W. '97) married Lars Messerschmidt on 
Oct. 2. 2005. 

Kristie Nicodemus (B.S.'94/MC) married John Sitton on 
Sept. 10, 2005. She is a sales representative for North- 
western Mutual Benefit Corp. They live in Atlanta. 

Amy Parkhill (B.F.A. "93) married Brian Hegarty on July 
29. 2006. She is a project manager at KSA Interiors in 
Glen Allen, Va., where they live. 

Danna Richardson (B.S. ■99/M&S; M.T. 99) married William 
Burgess on July 8. 2006. She teaches in Henrico County 
Public Schools. They live in Richmond. Va. 

Stefanie Stahl (B.S. "93/B) married Gordon Walker Jr. on 
June 3, 2006. They live in Chesapeake, Va. 


Carl Albis (B.S. '04/B) married Jennifer Hrabovsky on 
May 20, 2006. He is vice president of CAS Associates 
Inc. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Lori Baker (B.S. '02/B) married Jason Smith on July 22. 
2006. They live in Mechanicsville, Va. 

Taylor Barnett (B.M. "02; M.M. '04) married Tiifanie Chan 
onjune 17, 2006. He teaches at Maggie L. Walker Gover- 
nor's School and VCU. She is director of marketing for the 
VCU Department of Music. They hve in Richmond, Va. 

Karen Burruss (B.S. ■03/H&S; M.S.W. '06) married Gerald 

Cousins Jr. (B.S, Od/B) on May 14, 2005. They live in 

Ashland. Va. 
Sonia Colarte (B.A. WM&S; M.Ed. 05) married Timothy 

McDonnell on Feb. 18, 2006. She teaches Spanish at St. 

Christopher's School in Richmond. Va. 
Lauren Eadie (B.S. os/H&S; M.I "03) mamed Nathaniel 

Baker (B.S. 04/H&S) onjune 3. 2006. She works for 

Chesterfield County Public Schools and he works for 

Masco Contractor Services. They live in Richmond. Va. 

Debra Goldstone (M.SW. '02) married Evan Horwitz on 
April 15, 2005. She is a child advocate specialist for the 
state of North Carolina. They live in Raleigh, N.C. 

Rebecca Grubbs (B.S. oi/H&S; B.S. ■02/N; Cert 'oVN; M.S. 

■04/N) married Danny Wyatt onjune lO, 2O06. Tliey live 
in Mechanicsville, Va. 

Amy Horning (B.F.A. 05) married Michael Talley* (B.S. 
OS/M&S) on Feb. 4. 2006. She teaches art in Chesterfield 
County Public Schools and he is a computer program- 
mer for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and 
Consumer Services. They live in Chester. Va. 

Tamara Johnson (B.S. OO/MC) married Garry Williams 
on Feb. 5. 2005- She teaches elementary school. They 
live in Chesterfield County. Va. 

Shannon Kenney (M.Ed. '04) mamed Patrick Murdock on 
May 22. 2005. She teaches special education for Colo- 
nial Heights Public Schools. They live in Midlothian, Va. 

Michelle Kitchen (B.S. ■03/H&S; M.T. '05) married Joshua 
Mannon onjuly 15, 2006. They live in Chesterfield, Va. 

Nicholas Ligatti (B.S. Ol/M&S; MX 01) married Elizabeth 
Harding on Dec. 16, 2005- He teaches and coaches at 
L.C. Bird High School. They live in Chesterfield, Va. 

Mary McDow (B.A, Oi/A) married Nathan Frost onjune 
17, 2006. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Tiffany Price (B.F.A, '04) married Joshua Andes on Dec. 
3, 2005. 

Christopher Rogala (BS. '02/6) married Elizabeth 
Richardson on May 19. 2006. He works for Masco Retail 
Sales Support. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Anne Schepker (B.S. ■03/H&S: M.S.W. 05) married Donald 
Caldwell onjune 17. 2006. They live in Richmond, Va. 

David Setzer Jr. (B.F.A. Ol) married Karen Principe on 
June 17. 2006. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Jeffrey Thompson (B.S. ■o4/B) married Nicole Bode 

(B.S. OS/N) on May 16. 2006. 
Christine Wright (M.Ed. '03) married George Lawson III 
on Oct. I. 2005. They live in Richmond, Va. 

Motherhood gives birth to new, creative business ideas 

At 29, Keshia Case (M.A. '04/A) has seen the world. Now, she's showing it to others — 
without ever leaving the Richmond, Va., area. 

"Alex and I went to Scotland today," says Case from her home, as I-year-old son Alex plays at 
her feet. They had just returned from "Around the World in Eight Days, "a parent-child program 
developed by Case to teach children about different countries. "I want to teach all these cultures 
to my child, of all these places I've been to," she says. "This is a nice way where he gets to hear 
the music and language, but we don't have to get on an airplane or spend the money." 

The program also allows Case to be a full-time mom while putting her two naaster's degrees 
to work — an M.A. in art history with an emphasis on architectural history from Virginia 
Commonwealth University and a master's in human relations that she completed while living 
in Naples, Italy. 

"I wanted to do something that I could take my child with me," says Case. 

Since Alex was a newborn. Case has conceived her own business opportunities, pairing up 
motherhood with moneymakers. Her first endeavor was "Then & Now: Richmond, " a book 
contrasting late-igth-century photographs with contemporary views of the same city sites. She 
followed that up with About Town Tours, walking tours of museums and historic neighborhoods, 
which has since grown to a mixed bag of kid-friendly cultural events. There's even a club — About 
Town Moms — with member-only discounts and activities. In addition to building community, 
the club helps build Case's bottom 

"I started with a business loan of 
$5,000 and that's all, and I'm trying 
to make it work on that, " she says. 

Success hasn't failed her so far. 
Club membership has grown to 85, 
and Case continues to add to her 
offerings, expanding her customer 
base — and Alex's cultural experiences. 
"People will always be like. He's 
so good, "' she says. But that's not 
surprising given the places he's been. 
Case adds. "He was days old when he 
went to his first museum. " 

[class notes] 

Friends of VCU 

Getty Rothenberg married Susan Covington onjune 17. 
2006. They live in Richmond. Va. 

Jeremy Kidd 

New LGBT chapter forms 

In April, 40 people crowded into Babe's 
of Carytown to learn more about Virginia 
Commonwealth University's newest alumni 
chapter — a networking and advocacy group 
for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and 
queer staff, students and faculty. 

"I knew that we had a lot of LGBT alum- 
ni .. . but 1 was surprised at how quickly it 
came together, " says Jeremy Kidd (B.A. 
'06/H&S; B.S. '06/H&S), president of 
the VCU LGBT Alumni Chapter. Kidd, 
who as a student led the political and legal 
activist group Queer Action, co-founded 
the chapter last spring with Mike Fuller 
(B.S. '81/B), who serves as the group's vice 

Facilitating communication and net- 
working among LGBT alumni leads the 
list of the chapter's goals, but Kidd says he 
hopes to encourage his fellow graduates to 
also support LGBT issues on campus, such 
as backing a resource center to provide 
information, referrals and programming 
for members of the university community. 

"We know we have lots of LGBT alumni, 
but it's a matter of getting them back and 
getting them involved in the university," 
Kidd says. 

For information on how you can Join the LGBT 
Alumni Chapter, call (804) 828-2586 or go 
online to 

32 I VCU Shafer Court Connections 



Lauren Graham (B.A. OS/H&S) gave birth to her first 
child. Keeley Graham, onjan. lO, 2005- She Uves in 
Pittsburgh with her daughter and husband Kraig. 



Evelyn (Wright) Dillard (B S /Jd/H&S). of Richmond. Va., 
May 6. 2006. She was a retired social worker for the city 
of Richmond. 


Frances Deyerle Cai/A), of Richmond, Va., July l6, 
2006, at age 68. 


Charles Argenzio* (B.S. Sl/B), of Richmond, Va.. Jan. 
I. 2006. He served in the Army's 94th Infantry Division 
in World War II, was a manufacturer's representative for 
Brother and Casio and was a member of the Mediterra- 
nean Society and the Knights of Columbus. 

Harold Bazemore* (B.S,'59/E). of Glen Allen, Va.. Feb. 
22. 2006. at age 69. He was a baseball coach at Lee-Davis 
and Meadowbrook high schools. He also worked wiOn 
Progress Press Inc. in Roanoke, Va., and led his ov^ti 
publishing company, Kelly Productions. He published 
"Choose Your Virginia," which was distributed throughout 
the U.S. as well as in numerous other countries. 

Fairfax Davis (MS. 'so/E), of Ashland, Va.. May 3, 2006. 
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. 
He was a professional photographer and ov^ned Ashland 
Camera andjewelry Shop and Cox Inc. He taught at 
John Marshall High School, RPI andj. Sargeant Reynolds 
Community College. He v^^s a farmer and registered 
Black Angus cattle breeder. 

Jack Etz (B.S. '52/6}. of Midlothian, Va., May 4, 2006. 
During World War II, he was a paratrooper in the Army's 
iith Airborne Division. He started Etz Insurance Agency 
Inc. in 1956 and was active in the American Legion Post 
354, the Knights of Columbus and the Bon Secours 
Hospice Program. 

Dorothy Sutton* (B.S. 50/6), of Glen Allen, Jan. 25, 
2006. She was president and owner of Colonial Estates 
Inc. for more than 30 years. She also was a substitute 
teacher in Henrico County, a member of the Brook Run 
Junior Woman's Club, a board member of FVNA, a lay 
adviser to Elizabeth Adam Crump Nursing Home and a 
former chair of UGF. She was a member of the Colony 
Club, the Hanover Republican Women's Club and the 
Hanover Association of Businesses, and a lifetime mem- 
ber of the Hermitage Country Club. 

Lucy Sydnor Csi/H&S), of Charles City, Va., July 3, 2006, 
at age 85 ■ She was a charter member of the Council of 
the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, founder of the Lower 
James River Association and received its Guardian of the 
River Award in 200I. She was a member of the Associa- 
tion for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and was 

instrumental in the early restoration of Church Hill and 
the creation of the Maggie L. Walker House as a national 
historic site. She was a member of the National Trust of 
Historic Preservation, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 
the Raleigh Tavern Society of Colonial Williamsburg and 
the Jamestown Council of Republican Women. 


Richard Abbott (B.S.'69/B), of West MQton, Ohio. March 
16, 2006. He taught at Milton-Union School District 
for 31 years and was the coach of the Science Olympiad 
program there. 

Betty Barnes (B.S. Ws/E), of Richmond, Va., Jan. 7, 
2006. at age 66. She retired as an educator and guidance 
counselor with Chesterfield County Public Schools. 

Frances Butterworth (B.S, Ws/HAS), of Richmond. Va., 
July 16, 2006. She worked for the Senate of Virginia 
and in the Bon Air Juvenile Correction Center and 
volunteered at Retreat Hospital. 

David Eanes Jr. (B.S, dO/B). of Richmond, Va., Feb. 7, 
2006. He was president of Rountrees Furniture Co. for 
12 years, after which he became a real estate developer. 
He was an avid mariner. 

Carole Ev/art (M.S. '68/I-I&S), ofjacksonville, Fla.,Julyl6, 
2006. at age 68. 

Marcia Grainger* (M.ME. '69). of Richmond, Va., July 
25. 2006. at age 92. 

Virginius Livesay (B.S-'65/SW; MS, V/AHP}, of Richmond, 
Va., Feb. 23. 2006, at age 85. He served in the U.S. Navy 
during World War II, after which he worked with veterans 
as a rehabilitation counselor. 

Bobbie Lynch (WMC). of Richmond, Va., July 26, 
2006. at age 66. She was a retired jewelry and antiques 
dealer, member of the Virginia Writers Club and a for- 
mer copyvkTiter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and 
Miller & Rhoads. 

Georgia Orr (M.S.W '69). of Knoxville, Tenn., March 6, 
2006, at age 85. She worked at the Oak Ridge National 
Laboratory during World War II and then in Bermuda 
for the U.S. military. She also was a social worker in 
Lee County, Va., and Greensboro, N.C. She retired 
as supervisor from the Virginia Department of Social Services' 
Abingdon. Va., office. 

Frances Rex (B.F.A. '67), of Irvington. Va., May 30, 20o6, 
at age 88. 


Rebecca Boger (B,S-'78/E). of Mechanicsville, Va.. July 
19. 2006, at age 63. 

James Butler (B.S. '71/6), of Lynchburg. Va., Feb. 26, 
2006. at age 62. He served five years in the Navy and was 
a salesman in the trucking industry. 

Melanie (Eggleston) Chatta (B.F.A. 76), of Birmingham, 
Ala.. Feb. 19. 2006. at age 51- She was a member of the 
National Association of Social Workers, the Alabama 
Society of Clinical Social Workers and the Birmingham 
Medical Association of Social Workers. She worked in 
the Jefferson County Public Health Department, the 
Alabama Department of Health Resources and at East- 
side Mental Health Clinic. At the 1982 World Fantasy 
Convention, she won the Best in Show for Original 
Sculpture award. 

Emma Christian (M.Ed. '76), of Richmond, Va., July 8, 
2006. She retired after 27 years of teaching at Rural 
Point Elementary School in Mechanicsville, Va.. and 
was a Hanover County Teacher of the Year. 

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Discount on event or meeting space rentals in the 
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Andrew Dale Jr. (AS 'TS/En), of Men. Texas. Feb. ii. 2006. 

Francesa Danieli (BF.A.'79). of BrooUandville, Md., 
June 27. 2006. She was a photographer and videog- 
rapher. Her work was published in "Gamma Knife" 
by Nazraeli Press in 2005. Her photographs also are 
displayed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum 
of Fine Arts in Houston and thej. Paul Getty Museum. 

Jewell (Brackett) English (M.Ed. '75). of Mechanicsville. 
Va., May 12. 2006. at age 75. She taught for three years 
in Norlina. N.C., and for 37 years in Glen Lea. N.C. 
She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, the National 
League of American Pen Women and the Red Hat Society- 
Chapter Hanover's Best Tomatoes and was a charter 
member of Hanover AARP where she was elected poet 
laureate. She was a former member of Sweet Adelines 
International and the James River Woodcarvers Association. 

William Fling Jr. (B,S.72/H&S), of Midlothian, Va., Feb. 
14. 2006. at age 56. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 

Peter Guthridge (MS.W. '72). of Brookings, Ore., April 
16, 2006, at age 62. He was a juvenile probation officer 
in both Eureka. Calif. , and Seattle. He worked in social 
work and community organization for the Montana 
Department of Public Health and Human Services and 
received the Foster Parents Organization State Employee 
of the Year award in 1988. 

Linda Haskins (B.S, ^VE), of Petersburg, Va., March 3, 
2006. She taught special and elementary education for 
more than 27 years at Anderson and Robert E. Lee 
elementary schools in Petersburg before retiring in 
2001. She was a member of the PEA, Virginia Education 
Association. National Education Association and AARP. 

Ralph Holmes Jr. (B.A.'75/M&S). of Blackstone, Va., 
June 25, 2006. at age 56. During his career, he worked 
for Miller & Rhoads. taught in Henrico County Public 
Schools, was a librarian at the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch for 10 years and worked at the Lynchburg News 
& Advance, BLAB TV and the Crewe Country Club. 

Larry Hughes (M.B.A.'79), ofMelbourne, Fla.,Julyi3. 
2006, at age 68. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 
retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked as a 
computer consultant for Boeing, the commonwealth of 
Virginia and MetLife. 

Dorothy Ivey (B,S.70/H&S), ofjarratt, Va..June 2, 2005. 

John Krzyston (B.S.79/H&S), of Chesterfield, Va., Jan. 3, 
2006, at age 50. He worked for Infineon Technologies. 

Ida (Brunk) Leatherman (B.S. WSW), of Waynesboro. 
Va., Dec. 8. 2005. at age 89. She had worked as a Ubrarian 
at Western State Hospital and at the Richmond City Library 
and was awarded the Outstanding Employee of the Year. 

Julia Lemon (M Ed. '79), of Morattico, Va., June 15, 2006, 
at age 57. 

Carole Lobel (B.S. ■74/E), of Mechanicsville, Va., April 12. 
2006, at age 55. She taught elementary school. 

Roger McKinney (AS, 69/3. B.S, Vs/B), of Highland 
Springs, Va., May 8, 2006, at age 68. 

Lucy Murphy (B.S.'71/E), of Alexandria, Va., March I, 
2006, at age 92. She taught first grade in Arvonia. Va., 
eventually retiring from Fairfax County Public Schools 
after 25 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution. 

Stephen Podlewski (B.F,A.'72). of Encinitas, Calif., June 
15, 2006, at age 57. He worked for Pitney Bowes in San 
Diego and participated in the Penguin Plunge, a dip in the 
winter water of the Pacific Ocean, every New Year's Day. 

Frances (Sutton) Preston (MM. 70), of Fredericksburg, 
Va., June 4, 2O06, at age 86. 

Jean Scholes (MS.W. '77), of Richmond, Va.. March 21. 
2006. She worked for the Virginia Home for Boys and 

Lillie Wilkes* (B.S. 77/8), of Stanley, N.C, March 8, 
2006, at age 83. She retired in I977 as a systems accoun- 
tant at the Federal Logistics Agency in Alexandria, Va, 


Edward Davenport (M.B.A.'eo). of Midlothian. Va.. May 
19. 2006. atageSS. He was CEO of EMC Co. and asso- 
ciated with American Refrigeration in Jacksonville, Fla. 
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond . the 
American Society of Heating and Cooling, the Association 
of General Contractors, the Country Club of Virginia, 
the Commonweahh Club, the Blazers and 55ers golf 
groups and the Bucks Investment Club. He also served on 
the board for the Richmond Cotdlion. 

Scott Deadwyler{B.A.8l/l-l&S), of Richmond, Va.. June 
24. 2005, at age 49. 

Jana Dunbar* (B.S. 'so/M&S; M.S. 'ay/H&S). of Hanover, 
Va.. March 3, 2006, at age 49. She was a research 
scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery at VCU 
Medical Center and an adjunct professor of environmen- 
tal science at Randolph- Macon College. 

James Early (M.S. 'so/B). of Midlothian, Va.. March 12, 
2006, at age 55. He was a CPA for Coopers & Lybrand 
and also had worked in finance at Ethyl Corp. and 
Tredegar Corp. 

Alexander Easley Jr. (M.Ed. 'si), of Richmond. Va., 
April 8. 2006. 

William Fountain Jr. (B.S. yi/l-l&S: M.S. 'ss/B). of 
Chester. Va.. Feb. 17. 2006. at age 56. He was a retired 
lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Reserves, a stock 
broker and a market pricing manger for Lowe's. 

Ann Garner* (M.S. "83/E), of Richmond. Va.. Feb. 8. 
2006, at age 64. She retired as a teacher of preschool chil- 
dren with developmental disabilities in Henrico County, 
Va.. and taught at St. Thomas Preschool in the 1970s. 

Barbara Gurrieri (B.S. "87/B), of Glen Allen, Va. . Dec. 7, 

Planned sculpture celebrates RPI 

The VCU Alumni Association is raising funds to erect a sculpture 
celebrating Richmond Professional Institute as a building block of Virginia 
Commonwealth University. The commissioned sculpture will be located in 
front of the arched entrance of Ginter House where the Shafer Street "wall" 
is located - a favorite gathering spot for many RPI students. 

To contribute funds for the sculpture, contact Diane Stout-Brown, 
VCUAA executive director, at (804) 828-2586 or To view 
the top three designs being considered, visit 

VCU Alumni Association 

VCUAA Officers 

Jo Lynne DcMary (M.Ed. '72), president 
Dan Massey (B.S. '92/B), president-elect 
Nina Sims (B.S. '93/MC), secretary 

Jack Farmer (B.S. '69/B), treasurer 

D. Matthew Grammer (B.S. 'oi/En), officer at large 

School Alumni Board Chairs 

Kenneth Thomas (B.S. '91/B), School of Business 
Stephanie Hok (B.S. '74/B), School of Education 
Bradford Crosby (B.S. 'Ol/En), School of Engineering 

Board of Directors 

Terms expiring 2009 

Thomas Beatty (B.A. '93/H&S) 

Peter Blake (B.A. '80/H&S; M.S. 'SS/MO 

Donna Dalton (M.Ed. 'Oo) 

Suzette Denslow (B.S. '79/HS.S) 

William R. O'ConnellJr. (B.M.E. '55) 

Thomas Silvestri (M.B.A. '85) 

Patricia Wright (M.Ed. '85) 

Term expiring 3008 

Robert Almond (B.S. '74/E; M.Ed. '85) 
Patricia Green (M.S.W. '74) 
Elizabeth Moran (M.P.A. '92) 
Jacquehne TunstaU-Bynum (B.S. 'Sz/FJ&S) 

Term expiring 2007 

Joseph HoUcky ID (B.S.'76/B; B.S. '77/H&S; M.S. '78/B) 

Stephen Jones (B.S. '75/B) 

Shirley McDaniel (B.G.S. '99/H&S) 

Cecil Millner Jr. (B.S. '78/B; M.Acc. '82) 

Carol Negus (B.F.A. '63) 

Vickie Snead (B.S. •76/B) 

Linda Warren (B.S. '75/B) 

African American Alumni Council 

Franklin Wallace (B.F.A. '87), president 
Joseph Tyner (M.S. '92/B), treasurer 
Mary Francis (B.S. '95/H&S), secretary 
Rodney Harry (B.S. '90/H&.S), parliamentarian 
Michelle Jones (B.S. '87/H&S), VCUAA representative 

Young Alumni Council 

Gaurav Shrestha (B.S. '03/B) 

Bryan Harvey (B.S. 80/H&S) and Kathryn Harvey (B.F.A. 
'89), both of Richmond, Va., Jan. I. 2006. Bryan was a 
noted musician with the band NrG Krysys and worked 
in technology for the Henrico County school system. 
Kathryn was co-owner of the Carytown gift shop World 
of Mirth. 

Joan Hovis (M.Ed. '82), of Richmond, Va., June 17, 20o6, 
at age 81. She taught surgical nursing at St. Luke's Hospital 
School of Nursing, where she also was director until 1986. 

Shirley Knight (B.F.A. '86), of Ruther Glen, Va., March 
27, 2006. 

Charles Matthews (B.G.S. ^s/H&S), of Keswick, Va.. Feb. 
21. 2006. at age 46. He was a buyer for a video chain 
and a sales professional in the high-end car industry. He 
worked at Pegasus Motorcars in 1996 and at the Porsche 
BMW store. 

34 I VCU Shafer Court Connections 

Five-year reunion. Members of the 

School of Engineering's Class of 200I 
celebrate their five-year reunion in May 
during an evening reception in the school's 
courtyard for graduates and their spouses 
and guests. From left: Isabel Howell, 
Andrew Howell (B.S. Ol/En), Chris Hang 
(B,S. 'Ol/En), April Serrano and School of 
Engineering Alumni Board member Jason 
Gareau(B.S. '02/En). 

Donald Ortner (M.S. 'so), of Frankenmuth, Mich.. March 
3, 2006. He was ordained in 1947 at St. John" s Lutheran 
Church in Toronto. He served in Winnipeg. Ontario, 
and Michigan. He then taught Latin and was a g\iidance 
counselor in St. Johns, Mich. He taught psychology in 
Sioux City, Iowa, and at Hampden-Sydney College in 
Virginia. He worked at Hampden-Sydney for 4.3 years, 
seven as dean of students. 

Elizabeth Scott (M.Ed. '84). of Richmond. Va.. May 2. 
2006. at age 49. She retired in 2002 as principal of 
Enon Elementai-y School. She was a board member of 
Bon View School and volunteered at Chalkley Elementary 
School and the Old Dominion Chapter of the National 
Railway Historical Society. 

Walter Stafford (B.S. ■71,/SYJ-. M.S '83/6), of Richmond. 

Va., April 25, 2006. 
Teresa Tinsley (M.Ed. '89), of Charlottesville. Va.. Feb. 22, 
2006. She taught school in Albermarle and Chesterfield 
counties. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta 


Richard Cohen (M.B.A. 77; Ceri. '97/6), of Richmond. Va., 
March 29, 2006. He worked for Dominion Power and 
was a member of IEEE. 

Douglas Cornell (B.S. ^l/l-l&S), of Richmond. Va.. July 2, 
2006. at age 4I- He was a photographer and staff mem- 
ber of the Learning Tree Child Care Center. 

Robert Fowter (B.S.'93/M&S), of Colonial Heights, Va.. 
July 19, 2006. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a 
supervisor for Honeywell Nylon LLC. 

Dianne Green (M.S.W. '93), of Morristown, Tenn..Jan. 5. 
2006. She had worked as a social worker in Abingdon, 
Va., and East Tennessee. 

Charles Harris 111 (B.S. 'ys/E; MS, go/E), of Glen Allen. 
Va., June 22. 20o6. 

Robert Hook (B.S. 'sa/AHP: M.S.W. 90). ofOcala. Fla., 
Dec. 7. 2005, at age 47. 

Howard Huffman (B.A. ^s/M&S). of Palmyra, Va., March 
31. 2006. at age 42. He was a substitute teacher in Albe- 
marle County, Va.. and was a member of the Knights 
of Columbus, serving the Father Justin Cunningham 

Council (No. II324) as treasurer and was grand knight 

at the time of his death. 
Donna Layton (Ceri. WB; M.Ed '93). of Richmond, Va.. 

March 25, 2006, at age 50. 
Teri Nelson (B.S. WH&S), of Richmond, Va., April 29. 

2006, at age 35. 
Alan Pruett(BS,'79/'95),ofChester. Va.,Julyl3. 

2006, at age 50. He was the assistant principal of Carver 

Middle School in Chester and coached high school 

baseball and football. 
Hugh Turner Jr. (B.A. '77; B.F.A 93). of Richmond, Va., 

April 4. 2006, at age 52. 


Happyanne Kuhn (BA.03/H&S), of Richmond, Va.. Feb. 
18. 2006. at age 25. She taught Latin at the Orchard 
House School in Richmond, at-risk children at Learning 
Bridge and English in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Ryan Moser (B A, OS/I-I&S). of Richmond. Va.. June 7, 2006. 

Patricio Saavedra (M.E.A. oi/A). of Glen Allen. Va., 
June 28. 2006. at age 56. He acted and directed in major 
East Coast dinner theaters as Pat Anthony Aleman. He 
was adjunct faculty at VCU. house manager for Wolf Trap 
Park for the Performing Arts, a policeman and an equal 
employment opportunity representative with the Office of 
Personnel Management. He also had taught high school 
drama, English and Spanish in Arlington County. Va. 

Faculty and staff 

Audrey Jung, of Richmond. Va.. March 18. 2006. at 
age 60. She was a longtime faculty member and former 
chair of the Department of Dance. 

Dika New) in. of Richmond, Va.. July 22, 2006, at the 
age of 82. Newlin taught in the Department of Music 
at VCU from 1978 until her retirement in 2004. She 
was a classically trained pianist and composer who 
developed an interest in punk rock in her golden years, 
sometimes playing locally in bands. She was the com- 
poser of operas, a symphony and other classical pieces. 

Friends of VCU 

George Chavatel, of Farmville. Va., April 6, 2006, at 
age 76- He was a graduate of RPl and was head of the art 
department at Emory and Henry CoUege for 29 years. 
He had an art career that spanned 50 years, and his works 
were displayed at the Virgima Museum of Fine Arts, the 
Carroll Reece Museum and Appalachian State University. 

Herbert Chermside III. of Richmond, Va., June 22, 
2006. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired 
from VCU in 2004 as emeritus director of sponsored 
programs. He was active vnth Boy Scouts of America 
Troop 840 in Bon Air, Va. , and at the Blue Ridge 
Mountains Scout Reservation in Pulaski County, Va. 

Sandra Dooley, of Richmond, Va., Feb. 13, 2006. at age 54. 

WiHiam Groman, of Brookline. Mass., May 7, 2006. He 
was a psychology professor at VCU until 1978- 

Phebe Hoff. of Richmond. Va., June 30. 2006, at age 
96. She was a medical editor at MCV. 

Edward Klein, of Richmond, Va., March 28, 2006. He 
was an air traffic controller for the Army Air Corps 
during World War II. He retired as senior vice president 
and residential sales manager at Morton G. Thalhimer 
Inc. after 30 years. He also was a residential appraiser 
for Bowers, Nelms & Fonville and president of the state 
chapter of Certified Residential Brokers and the Society 
of Real Estate Appraisers. He was national director of 

[class notes] 

Abbreviation key 

Alumni are identified by degree, year and college 
or school. 















and schools 

College of Humanities and Sciences 

School of the Arts 

School of Allied Health Professions 

School of Business 

School of Dentistry 

School of Education 

School of Engineering 

L. Douglas Wilder School 

of Government and Public Affairs 

Graduate School 

VCU Life Sciences 

School of Medicine 

School of Mass Communications 

School of Nursing 

School of Pharmacy 

School of Social Work 

School of World Studies 


A.S. Associate Degree 

Cert. Certificate 

B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts 

B.G.S. Bachelor of General Studies 

B.LS. Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 

B.M. Bachelor of Music 

B.M.E. Bachelor of Music Education 

B.S. Bachelor of Science 

B . S . W. Bachelor of Social Work 

D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery 

D . P. A. Doctor of Public Administration 

D . P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy 

M.A. Master of Arts 

M.Acc. Master of Accountancy 

M.A.E. Master of Art Education 

M.B.A. Master of Business Administration 

M.Bin. Master of Bioinformatics 

M.D. Doctor of Medicine 

M.Ed. Master of Education 

M.Env. Master of Environmental Studies 

M.F.A. Master of Fine Arts 

M.H.A. Master of Health Administration 

M.LS. Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 

M . M . Master of Music 

M.M.E. Master of Music Education 

M.P.A. Master of Public Administration 

M.P.H. Master of Public Health 

M.P.S. Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

M.S. Master of Science 

M.S.D. Master of Science in Dentistry 

M.S.H.A. Master of Science in Health Administration 

M.S.N.A. Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia 

M.S.O.T. Master of Science in Occupational 


M.S.W. Master of Social Work 

M.T. Master of Teaching 

M.Tax. Master of Taxation 

M.U.R.P. Master of Urban and Regional Planning 

O.T.D. Post-professional Occupational 

Therapy Doctorate 

Pharm.D. Doctor of Pharmacy 

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy 

* Member of the VCU Alumni Association 

Fall 2006 I 35 

[class notes] 

Inter City Relocation Services, director of the Richmond 
Reai Estate Board and a member of the Board of Review 
for the Office of the City Assessor in Richmond. He 
was a lay member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law 
Committee of the Virginia State Bar and volunteered 
with Richmond Forward and the United Way. 

Mary Minton, of Roanoke. Va., Feb. I2. 20o6, at age 
85. She was a retired professor who taught at VCU, J. 
Sargeant Reynolds Community College, the University 
of North Carolina and Southern Methodist University. 

Chiswell Perkins, of Richmond, Va.. March 28. 2006. 
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 
311th Engineers Combat Battalion. He was a salesman for 
Air Reduction Country and chief executive of Burdett Oxy- 
gen Co. Among the companies he founded are WERCO. 
US Cylinders Corp. and Nitrous Oxide Corp. He was 
president of the International Oxygen Manufactur- 
ers Association and a member of the Merion Cricket 
Club, the Gulph Mills Golf Club, the Country Club 
ofVirginia. the Commonwealth Club, the Farmington 
Country Club and the Riomar Country Club. 

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VCU Alumni Association members receive 
10 percent off all orders. Call (804) 828- 
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The online merchandise store is brought 
to you by a partnership between VCU 
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by Club Colors. 

36 VCU Shafer Court Connecti( 

Welcome nev/ VCUAA and AAAC Lifetime Members 

Benjamin R. Allen (B.S. '92/B) 

RodneyJ. Ashby (B.S. 'gy/H&S) 

Alexander C. Baer (B.F.A. ^^o) 

Sue E. Baldwin (B.S. '56/E) 

BryanJ. Banning (B.S. '06/E) 

Dr. John F. Barimo (B.G.S. '92/H6.S; 

M.S. '98/H&S) 
Beverly K. Baltelle (B.S. ■73/SW) 
Betty Lou Beach (B.S. '75/E) 
Frederick R. Bell (M.B.A. 'gO; M.A. '99/B) 
S. David Beloff('68/MC) 
Patricia O'Neill Benson (B.S. 'yz/SW) 
Robert Brodnax Benson (B.S. 'yz/SW) 
Arlene A. Blaha (B.S. 'Sy/AHP) 
Heather H. Blake (B.S. 'OO/B) 

Feroza Ali Bocas-Hagan (B.S. 'gS/B: M.B.A. '99) 
Richard L. Brace (B.S. '84/H&S) 
Steven B. Brincefield (M.S. ■74/B) 
Carolyn D. Brown (B.S. '79/B; M.Tax. '87) 
Julia M. Cain (B.S. 'Ol/En) 
Nicholas E. Cain (B.S. 'Ol/En) 
Yvette Dherbey Carr (B.S. '86/B) 
Robert E. Clay (B.A. •94/H&S) 
Dr. Mosetta S. Cohen (B.S. '58/B; M.S. 'Ss/B) 
Blanton W. Cooper (B.S. '65/B) 
Uoyd C. Cope (B.A. 'OS/H&S) 
Dr. Paul C. Davis (B.S. '93/H&S) 
Robert Davisjr. (B.S. '75/B) 
Eva A. Dillon (B.M. '82) 
Sue S. Donaldson (B.S. ^^l/^E■. M.Ed. '75) 
Carolyn E. Duckworth (B.F.A. '76) 
Beverly G. Durrer (B.S. ■74/H&S) 
Christopher T. Durrer (B.S. 'VS/H&S; 

M.H.A. ■77/AHP) 
Charlotte P. Edmonds (B.S. '02/B) 
FredrikJ. Eliasson (B.S. '94/B; M.B.A. 'gs) 
Frederick E. Ellis Jr. (B.S. '66/MC) 
James M. Ellis Jr. (M.S. 'Sg/MC) 
Mary Elizabeth Ellis (M.S. '70/H&S) 
A. Todd Emerson (B.A. 'gs/H&S) 
Daniel Farrar 

Hattie B. Farrar (M.S.W. '97) 
Unda L. Ferrell (M.A. ■84/A) 
Kristine Florio 

LouisA. Florio Jr. (M.S. •04/H&S) 
Faye W. Forbes (B.S. ■54/MC) 
Kateresea L. Ford (B.S. 'ge/H&S) 
Quo Vadis Ford 

Samuel S. Forrest (B.S. '63/H&S) 
Amber K. Foster (M.l.S. 'OZ/LS) 
Donald G. Frost (B.S. '73/B) 

Dr. Marie S. Gardner (M.S. 'gi/H&Si Ph.D. 'OO/E) 
Joan Loren Gaustad (B.F.A. '76) 
Coral C. GUIs (B.S. ■76/MC) 
Elissa L. Gomez (B.F.A. '71) 
Rebecca M. Goshorn (M.Ed. 'g4) 
Frances L. Gould (B.S. 'SO/H&S) 
Angela M. Gray (B.S. ■75/H&S; M.Ed. '80) 
Dana L. Guarino-Murphey (B.S. 'So/E; M.Ed. '90) 
Leslie C. Hardesty (B.S. 'Ol/B) 
Tanya S. Harris, CPA (B.S. 'go/B) 
Sharon Heilig-Schwartz (B.F.A. '91) 
KennethJ. Herndon (B.S. '70/B) 
Mary D. Herndon (B.A. 'SS/H&S) 

Annemarie Hughes (M.Ed. '81) 

Charlotte L.Jensen (B.A. •94/H&S; M.T. ■g4) 

Christie L.Johnson (B.S. •72/SW) 

Steven R.Jones (B.S. •82/MC) 

Hilda C. KeUy (B.S.'6g/E; M.Ed. '73) 

Christopher G. Kopacki (M.S. '05/H&.S) 

Thomas B. Lawrence (B.S. '65/B) 

Ernest S. Lee (A.S. '68/En) 

Barbara T. Lester (Resident '92/M; Resident 'g5/M) 

Lance S. Loethen (M.U.R.P. 'os/H&S) 

NorvisJ. Long-Parker (M.A.E. '88) 

Celia K. Luxmoore (B.S. •80/MC; M.S. 'Si/MO 

David L. Marshall (B.S. '77/B) 

Diane Sadler Martin (B.F.A. 'Si) 

Caroline D. McMurray (M.S.W. '77) 

Theresa Diane Melvin (B.A. 'Ol/H&S) 

Roland B. Metcalf Jr. (B.S. •68/B) 

Michael G. Miller (M.B.A. '88) 

Carole E. Morck (Cert. '5g/A) 

AliceJ.P. Morgan (M.S.W. '67) 

Elizabeth N. Morgan (B.F.A. '05) 

Gray F. Morris (B.A. '68/H&S; M.P.A. ■83/H&S) 

Carol O. Negus (B.F.A. '63) 

A. Marshall Northington (B.S. '72/B) 

Kenyon P. Parker Sr. 

Dr. Anita H. Prince (M.Ed. '89; Ph.D. 'gS/E) 

Patricia P. Pugh (B.S. '71/SW) 

Fred Douglas Randolph 

Michael T. Rawlings (B.S. '84/MC) 

Irayda M. Ruiz (M.U.R.P. •02/H&S) 

Laurence M. Schwartz (B.F.A. '91) 

Gaurav Shrestha (B.S. '03/B) 

Dr. Adelaide W. Simpson (M.S. 'So/H&S; 

Ph.D. •84/H&S) 
Dr. AndrewJ. Sitter (Ph.D. ■87/H&S) 
Julie L. Sitter (B.S. '98/H&S; M.Ed, 'oi) 
Matthew R. Sutton (B.S. 'Sg/MC) 
Trang D. Ta (B.S. '97/H&S; M.B.A. 'oz) 
Kenneth A. Thomas (B.S. 'gi/B) 
Pat Thomas 
David C. Trice (B.S. 'gi/HSiS; Cert. '99/H&S; 

M.RA. •02/H&S) 
Ike Tucker (M.Ed. '06) 
John R. Tucker (B.S. '92/B) 
Thomas R. Tyler III (B.S. '92/H&S) 
Gay Donna Vandergriff (M.B.A. 'oz) 
Bruce O . Wallace 

KennethJ. Watkins (B.G.S. '86/H&S) 
Stephanie T. Watkins (B.S. 'gz/B) 
Frederick B. Wayne (B.A. ■7o/HS:S; M.S. '86/AHP) 
George W. Weeks (B.S. ■73/HS.S) 
DeidreW. Whittle (B.S. 'g8/H&S) 
Hattie C. Wiggins (B.S. 'gi/AHP; M.S. ■93/AHP; 

Cert. 'oe/AHPi Cert. '06/AHP) 
Beth Williams (B.S. ■03/B) 
Robert C. Willis (B.S. ■73/H&S) 
Terri L. Willis 
John F. Wilson (B.F.A. '63) 
Mary Kathryn Burton Wilson (B.M.E. '65) 
Dr. Harold S.Wright Jr. (M.Ed. '88; Ph.D. '93/E) 

Ust includes individuals who joined die VCU Alumni 
Association or dieAIrican American Alumni Council as life- 
time members between Feb. //. 2006. and Aug. 31, 2006. 

Basic design skills 
never go out of style 

By Kristen Caldwell 

As a college student, Cindi Wootten Steele (B.F.A. '75; M.Ed. '94) wore bell- 
bottoms, but as a fashion major, she didn't design thein. 

"We advanced ourselves to the couture world, " says Steele, vice president of product 
development at Evergreen Enterprises Inc. in Richmond, Va. 'What we designed wasn't 
what we wore. " Steele describes her design style as classic, and a rose-colored Moygashel 
linen evening gown that she created — and that still hangs in her closet — is proof that 
fashion can stand the test of time. 

Even today, the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising in Virginia 
Commonwealth University's School of the Arts encourages students to find inspiration 
beyond the pages of trendy fashion magazines. Recent graduate Rebecca Marks 
(B.F.A. '06) says a favorite class challenged her to design a cocktail dress influenced 
by the bold outlines and geometric patterns of the art deco movement. 

What has changed for fashion majors are the design tools — old-school charcoal 
pencil sketches have been upgraded to computer-aided designs. In recent years, the 
department has expanded its curriculum to include technology-focused courses 
that teach students how to use graphics software, such as Adobe's PhotoShop and 
Illustrator, as well as Lectra's U4ia, a CAD program for creating fabric designs. 

Marks, who recently moved to New York City to scout out potential employers, says 
this added layer of training has prepared her to work in a high-fashion company, 
though that might not be her first job. "I was thinking about working for abigger company 
in the beginning, but I also want to start out at least as an assistant designer." 
She recognizes this goal means finding a fit at a smaller company or with an 
up-and-coming label, where fundamental design skills will likely take precedence over 
high-tech training. 

At $500,000, U4iaisa "big- company program," says Karen Guthrie (B.S. '78/E; 
M.Ed. "82), associate professor and chair of the fashion department, which received 
grant funds to purchase the CAD system. Smaller design houses often dont have the 
money to invest in CAD, she notes. So while todays students learn to work 

in a virtual environment, they "re also still 
required to learn flat drawing techniques. 
"Maybe you dont go to work for Liz 
Claiborne or Ralph Lauren, so you need 
to be able to sketch, " says Guthrie. 

Steele agrees and says she regularly 
draws on the fundamental skills she learned 
as a student, whether she's providing 
color and theme direction for Evergreen's 
seasonal home decor products, working 
with the in-house artists or producing the company's catalogs. Even with the 
advancement of computer-aided design, she says, knowing how to sketch — and even 
create patterns and construct garments by hand — remains an important advantage 
in fashion design. 

After all, notes Guthrie, "when you"re somewhere in Paris and want to do a 
quick sketch, " a computer just wont do. 

Kristen Caldwell (B.S. 'g^-ZMO is managing editor ofShafer Court Connections. 





Boot-cut jeans 

Wrap dresses 

Sweater dresses 

Trouser suits 



Jersey knits 

Platform shoes 


Gold lame 



Fashions change, but at VCU's Department of 
Fashion Design and Merchandising, some things 
stay the same. 

[then] Guest designers: Through the years, 
VCU fashion majors have benefited from the 
experiences of guest designers, including in the 
late 1970s, Betsey Johnson, the creative mind 
behind her now 28-year-old label popular with 
fashionistas worldwide. 

[now] Fashion shows: Pulling an all-nighter to 
finish sewing garments for the annual fashion 
show has been a shared experience of yesterday"s 
and today's design students. At the 2006 juried 
show, shapes and details ruled the runway. 

Fall 2006 I 37 




Mark your calendars for these Virginia Commonwealth University 
and VCU Alumni Association events. For more alumni activities, 
go to or, 
or visit for campus happenings. 



Student Recruitment Reception* 

Bethesda, Md. 
(804) 828-2586 

Nov. 4 

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6776 

Nov. 7 

"Language and Identity Among 
the Guatemalan Mayas" lecture 

R. McKenna Brown. Ph.D. 
VCU Student Commons 
(804) 828-0867 

Nov. 8 

VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6776 

Nov. 9-19 

Theatre VCU — "Medea" 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6026 
Nov. lO 

Fifth Annual First Novelist Award 
Karen Fischer, "A Sudden Country" 
VCU Student Commons 
(804) 827-0867 

Nov. 14 

D.C. Metro Chapter Fall Reception* 

Clyde's of Gallery Place, Washington, 

(804) 828-2586 

Nov. 18 

Theatre VCU — Opera Scenes 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6026 

Nov. 27 

Small Jazz Ensembles 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6776 

Nov. 30 -Dec. 2 
Amaranth Dance Co. 

Grace Street Theater 
(804) 828-2020 



Young Alumni Holiday Reception 
and VCU Rams BasketbaU* 

(804) 828-2586 

Dec. 6 

Genworth Children's Advantage 

Classic: Andre Agassi and 

Steffi Graf 

Stuart C. Siegel Center 
(804) 828-7267 

Dec. 9 

Commencement Breakfast* 

VCU Sports Medicine Center 
(804) 828-2586 
Winter Commencement 
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
(804) 828-1917 

Dec. 11-19 

Alumni Campus Abroad: Austria* 

(804) 828-2586 


Jan. 24 

D.C. Metro Chapter Alumni 

Reception and VCU Rams 


George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. 
(804) 828-2586 

Jan. 26 - March 4 
"Gerald Donato: Reinventing the 

Anderson Gallery 

Jan. 28 - Feb. 4 

Monroe Park Campus 
(804) 828-4554 

Jan. 28 

Classical Banjoistjohn Bullard 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6776 


Black History Month at VCU 

Various events 
(804) 828-6672 

Feb. 2-3 

Urban Bush Women: Dance 

Grace Street Theater 
(804) 828-2020 

Feb. 3 

Homecoming Pre-game 

"Chill-n-Grill" Tailgater 

Stuart C. Siegel Center. W Lot 
(804) 828-4554 

Feb. lO 

Hampton Roads Chapter Alunuii 

Reception and VCU Ranis 


Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. 
(804) 828-2586 

Feb. 15-25 

Theatre VCU - "When You Comin' 
Back Red Ryder?" 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6026 

Feb. 24 

Atlanta Metro Chapter Alumni 

Reception and VCU Rams 


Georgia State University. Atlanta 
(804) 828-2586 

Feb. 27 

13th Annual International 
Business Forum 

VCU Student Commons 
(804) 828-1746 


March 22 

"Monkeys, Genesis and Jews: The 

Darwinian Impact onjudaism" 


JackSpiro, Ph.D. 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-1165 or (804) 828-1163 

March 25 

Guitars! Guitars! Guitars! 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6776 

March 30- April 1 

15th Annual French Film Festival 

Byrd Theatre 
(804) 827-3456 



VCU Staff Senate Walk-a-thon for 
Student Scholarships 

(804) 827-0857 

April 5-21 

Theatre VCU — "Smokey Joe's Cafe" 

W.E. Singleton Center for the 

Performing Arts 
(804) 828-6026 

April 14 

Pre-theater cocktails and dinner* 
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" 

Shafer Court Dining Center 
(804) 828-2586 

April 15 

VCU Intercultural Festival 

VCU Student Commons 
(804) 828-6672 

April 26 - May 3 

Alumni Campus Abroad: Peru* 

(804) 828-2586 

April 27-29 
Reunion Weekend* 

Richmond Professional Institute 
African American Alumni Councd 

School of Social Work 90th 
Anniversary Celebration 

(804) 828-0410 


May 19 

Conunencement Breakfast* 

6th Street Marketplace Food Court 
(804) 828-2856 
Spring Commencement 

Richmond Coliseum 
(804) 828-1917 

38 I VCU Shafer Court Connections 

KL.A: Women's field hockey 

In the 1940s, field hockey was one of few options for 
WA ^WA ■ women who wanted to participate in intercollegiate 
sports. At Richmond Professional Institute, which later 
became Virginia Commonwealth University, the women's field hockey team 
inspired school spirit when it played from September to November. 

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